Dublin City’s New Pervasive “Connectivity Zone”

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dublin City Council (DCC) through its Smart Dublin imitative, strives to be at the forefront of Global Smart City technology research and development. DCC is leading a series of innovative partnerships with world-leading ICT companies, many of whom are located in and around Dublin’s Docklands Area. Smart Dublin is an initiative of the four Dublin Local Authorities to engage with smart technology providers, researchers, and citizens, with the aim to better understand and solve our city’s challenges and improve city life. Particularly relevant to this initiative is understanding how we apply the benefits of connected technologies or the “Internet of Things” (IoT) to everyday life. This covers everything from Smart Traffic management systems to the provision Individualised Tourist Information and enhanced on street security. It also consists of the network where a building is open for Mobile Operators and other vertical applications for IoT and Public safety, including real-time emergency, disaster response, and environmental monitoring and management.

Dense Air, a subsidiary of Airspan Networks and a leading supplier of “Small Cells Service” provider, is focused on delivering neutral host solutions for 4G LTE & future 5G technologies. The group recently obtained licensed 3.4-3.8 GHz radio spectrum in the 2017 Comreg Auction.

Dense Air has agreed to build a trial network to supply DCC with an industry leading 5G1 network and complementary Wi-Fi infrastructure to support smart city services around the Dublin Docklands. Dense Air believes that the creation of this new connectivity network layer will drive new use cases and citizen-centric innovation for DCC, all of which will enhance Dublin city’s medium and long-term competitiveness.

The network is being designed as a “Carrier of Carriers” platform operating as a Neutral Host and is open to both private applications for Enterprises and as a platform to support existing Mobile Network Operators. The technology will enhance, extend and densify existing mobile network deployments, improving both the human end user experience and the quality of connectivity for machine to machine and artificial intelligence “Internet of Things (IoT)” use cases. The trial network will combine LTE Pro services from Massive MIMO several macro sites with small cells operating in 60 MHz at 3.5 GHz. The small cell network will break-thru mmWave Mesh technologies that provide both backhaul, fronthaul and access connectivity, with the ability to deliver links to use case at up to 4 Gbit/s.

The partnership between Dense Air and DCC is exploratory, and if successful is intended to provide the framework for the large-scale deployment of a “pervasive” Gbit/s connectivity solution across Dublin and other cities in Ireland.

“Dense Air” The Neutral Host Small Cell Operator

Dense Air will offer “Small Cells as a Service” to Mobile Network Operators Globally

BARCELONA, Spain–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today we introduce “Dense Air”, a new wholesale network operator, that “enhances and extends” the coverage and capacity of existing Mobile Networks as a “Carrier of Carriers” operator, typically on a neutral host basis. The announcement coincides with the 2018 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, where Dense Air is exhibiting (26 February–1 March 2018).

Airspan Networks announce Dense Air – The Neutral Host Small Cell Operator offering Small Cell. @AirspanNetworks

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Dense Air uses Airspan’s comprehensive portfolio set of 4G and 5G small cells to offer services to Mobile Operators in licensed spectrum dedicated to small cells for densification/extension deployments.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to deliver a completely new type of service to mobile carriers. Dense Air’s wholesale service offering will complement the investments carriers have made in their Macro RAN,” said Paul Senior, Acting CEO of Dense Air. “By adding small cells, running in dedicated licensed spectrum to Macro networks at cell edge either outdoors or indoors, we can dramatically improve the service experience to end users, increase speeds and network capacity. Importantly, Dense Air does not and will not offer retail mobile services and does not compete in any way with mobile service providers.”

“The economics of both 4G and 5G small cell deployments can be dramatically improved when deployed using a neutral host solution, i.e. when a single network of small cells can host multiple operators. Our mission is to help MNOs and MVNOs improve their networks by densification without the need to spend CAPEX”.

Dense Air is an optimised network densification and network extension service.

  • Solution delivered using Indoor and Outdoor Small Cells
  • Service operates in licensed, dedicated spectrum
  • Dense Air small cells provide services on a “Neutral Host” basis
  • We support 4G LTE and LTE Pro networks and later 5G NR
  • Dense Air fills coverage holes and capacity weak spots in Macro Networks
  • Services are offered on a wholesale “Carrier of Carriers” basis to Mobile Network Operators
  • We DO NOT compete with Mobile Operators or other Service Providers
  • Our services are delivered in Urban, Suburban or Rural areas
  • The focus is on mobile use cases, including eMBB, IoT, Public Safety
  • We also enable Private LTE Networks for Large Enterprises and Governments

Airspan’s product and technologies for 4G LTE and 5G are naturally suited to small cell centric network architectures. Airspan’s unique innovation and technology leadership in intelligent small cells with integrated LTE relay and millimeter-wave backhaul technologies will allow Dense Air to massively densify traditional mobile networks.


Dense Air is based in London, UK and has offices in Ireland and Belgium, it’s target launch markets. Dense Air uses unique “carrier of carriers” neutral host small cell technologies to deliver cost effective densification to any existing LTE Mobile Carrier or Service Provider. Dense Air is conducting extensive trials and Proof-of-Concepts in 2018 and will offer commercial services in 2019.