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Vodafone Small Cells

Sitec are delighted to announce further development of their small cells partnering with Vodafone. Working ostensibly in central London and delivering hundreds of micro layer solutions to both Vodafone’s 3G & 4G sectors…More to follow soon

Sitec & Huawei – Project Growth

Huawei are fast becoming one of the UK’s power players in mobile network deployment and over the last 18 months Sitec has invested heavily in supporting their projects across acquisition, design and construction services…More to follow soon

London to Cambridge Bike Ride

Starting from north-east London and following a 60 mile route through to Cambridge this now annual event for Sitec was again a fanstatic success. Raising funds for the Breakthrough Cancer charity the elite Sitec cycle team made short work of the course with the entire squad arriving back in Cambridge in record time and ready to enjoy a celebratory drink or two!

Team Karting Event

The whole Sitec team took a day away from the office to participate in a go-karting team building event. Several races where held over the day in a grand-prix format to find the Sitec champion driver.

The Acquisition, Design and Installation teams raced against each other, with Matt Sharman from team Design emerging as the top driver edging out the Acquisition team and leaving the Installation team a distant third!

Small Cells – Acquisition, Design & Installation

Mobile is becoming a vital part of consumer’s lives, with smartphone ownership at 39% and the average UK household now owning three different enabled devices. There is also an increasing trend towards migrations online and from fixed to mobile. All of this leads to a massive demand for mobile network capacity.

In order to cater for this demand, Networks must continue to evolve; urban backhaul will need radical new solutions. Small cells are the only practical solution to the predicted demand as they deliver capacity and supplement coverage, and complement existing networks.

The advantage of small cells implementation is their speed to market and reduced cost of delivery. Deployment needs to be flexible, using existing structures and power supplies, whilst also having an unobtrusive design. It is given that they will be installed closer to the users, near street level, on streetside furniture, for example lampposts and bus shelters.

Main tasks performed by Sitec in the deployment of small cells as follows;

  • Acquisition of the site location, negotiating with the landlord and/or their tenant
  • Obtain planning (permitting) consent for installation where required
  • Site survey and production of Design drawings
  • Build, Installation and Commissioning

Sitec approved as an APC training provider

Sitec have been approved as an APC training provider by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

APC is the Assessment of Professional Competence and is the practical side of ‘on job’ experience that leads to RICS membership when combined with relevant academic qualifications.

Sitec currently has two employees from their Acquisition Surveying team working on their APC and is looking forward to supporting both Sarah and Suzanne on their path to full membership of the RICS.

3G in Rural Areas

Mobile phone coverage is still a real problem in many rural areas as highlighted recently by the Liberal Democrat Minister David Heath, who described mobile coverage and broadband as essential for our economic future and not an optional extra for people in rural areas.

Sitec have just completed the acquisition and planning trial for twelve 3G metro-cell coverage sites in rural villages. The villages previously had no phone signal at all, referred to as ‘not spots’ so these sites will make a real difference!

For more information on Sitec’s specialist Telecoms teams call Director David Hawthorne on 01223792150

Sitec take part in Chariots of Fire 2013

Sitec’s intrepid band of athlete’s (wink, wink!) are competing in this weekends Chariots of Fire Race.

Good luck to Stuart, Chris, Kwe, Paul, Alan & Shaune!   The race is Cambridgeshire’s largest annual charity event and follows in the footsteps of the famous film through the streets of Cambridge.  This year’s race is raising money for the Papworth Trust.  Go for it guys.

*UPDATE* The team finished 137th in a time of 1:16:22 – well done guys!

Sitec family member racing in the Motorcross GT Cup

James Mallard age 12 years, whose father, Andrew, is a Chartered Surveyor with Sitec, was competing for the first time in the GT Cup, a motocross event run by the Auto Cycle Union (ACU).

James competed in the 85 cc Big Wheel class, with 5 races and a qualifying session being held over the weekend of 17/18 August 2013.

The GT Cup is a series held across the country, throughout the middle part of the year and this event was held at Culham, just south of Oxford, near to Abingdon.

The weather was kind and the event a great success.  Although racing against many more experienced riders, with a gate of 38 riders, James was excited to have completed a national event and is looking forward to being able to race at similar events in the future.

London to Cambridge charity bike ride

Team Sitec completed this year’s London to Cambridge bike ride in aid of Breakthrough breastcancer.

A great time was had by all – congratulations to all who took part and many thanks to those who sponsored us.

Still smiling if somewhat saddle sore after the 60mile trip!