The Sky campus, located in Osterley, West London, has recently undergone an extensive redevelopment, consolidating the company's operations. With multiple floors and the use of dense materials, mobile signal was heavily affected, which led Sky to turn to experienced Systems Integrator Herbert. Herbert recommended the globally-proven Zinwave UNItivity system, which ensures that wireless communications (mobile signal, public safety and IP access services) are always available.
New building structures can make it extremely difficult to provide ubiquitous in-building wireless services, with 4G signal often unable to penetrate building walls as well as 2G or 3G services. For Sky, the biggest area of concern involved the second phase of the development, Sky Central, a modern mixed-use scheme with a combined total area of approximately 46,000 sqm. Set over three floors, encompassing office space, a studio and also production facilities, together with research and development zones, it was paramount that Sky was able to provide a consistent, strong signal source. Employees need to be able to use their mobile devices, connect to the internet and communicate wirelessly wherever they are on campus.
Martin Eddleston, planning and delivery manager – network implementation at Sky said; “Sky is very forward thinking and technically capable, and had the foresight to install single operator DAS in our existing buildings on campus, but when it came to our new Sky Central building, we wanted multi-operator coverage to cope with user volumes and multiple Mobile Network Operators throughout this much larger building. With the number of colleagues occupying our new building and the importance of mobile communications, it was imperative that a scalable, high performing and future proof solution was selected.”