- Acceleration of 5G implementation
- Partnership will focus on UK initially with potential to extend to Europe and USA
- First time Cellnex will provide a private network solution for construction sector
Ferrovial and Cellnex UK have established a cooperation to deepen the implementation of 5G for the construction and transport sectors. Focus will initially be placed on operations in the UK with intent to develop a wider relationship with Cellnex across Europe where the EU recovery fund will be an important catalyst for the deployment of 5G networks to accelerate the benefits to users, sectors and for the development of sustainable infrastructure.
In such a fast-moving space, with new products continuously being released to the market, working with a provider that enables any device, from any manufacturer to be connected is vital. An Open RAN approach allows the use of equipment from different vendors, providing precisely the right level of flexibility.
For Ferrovial, Open RAN is key for the provision of network access to the multiple user groups on construction sites, the numerous IoT devices requiring access and the possibility of network slicing as users have different bandwidth requirements. This collaboration marks an important development for Cellnex as it is the first time it will be providing connectivity for the construction sector.
This technological milestone comes at a key time, as it will make it possible, for example, to design future construction projects combining the Internet of Things, augmented reality, artificial intelligence and robotics. It will also help create new business models and opportunities, and to coordinate the work of infrastructure companies related to 5G networks.
Karl Goose, Managing Director, Ferrovial Construction: “This milestone further reinforces Ferrovial’s position to lead the digital transformation of the infrastructure sector. This collaboration with Cellnex UK and the Open RAN flexibility provides unique benefits when looking to advance how we design, build and manage projects, therefore making them safer, more efficient, and more sustainable. I’m excited to see the results of this relationship with Cellnex in the UK and look forward to sharing the resulting learning and best practice with other areas of the business.”
David Crawford, Managing Director, Cellnex UK: “Cellnex UK is delighted to be cooperating with Ferrovial and to be playing an important role in delivering innovative solutions in collaboration with leading global partners. Increasingly we are seeing that industry co-operation is essential to help the UK realise its vision of a connected society. Cellnex UK will always be open to working with our customers to deploy innovative solutions using our infrastructure to create value, and this Open RAN deployment for Ferrovial is a great example of our ambition.”
In September 2021, Ferrovial deployed one of the UK’s first operational 5G SA (Standalone) private wireless network on the Silvertown Tunnel project in London.
This partnership follows a challenge launched last year by Ferrovial, together with 5PRING—a 5G application accelerator in the UK—and other companies such as Eurovia UK or Galliford Try, for start-ups and innovative small businesses to shape the future of the construction sector. Ferrovial has also implemented other initiatives involving 5G technology, through projects such as AIVIA, an initiative to develop 5G smart roads with advanced oversight, sensorisation and simulation technology, working together with industry leaders such as Microsoft, Capgemini, Intel, 3M and Telefonica. The project includes road infrastructure technologies to improve the traveller experience in such areas as safety, reliable travel times and on-board access to infotainment.