Erice is one of the many beautiful intact villages in Italy; it was an ancient Phoenician and Greek city, and is situated at an altitude of 751 m, on a mountain crowned by a triangular-shaped plateau with a terrace overlooking the sea. Its historic centre is a labyrinth of cobbled. The municipal administration of Erice has long been committed to winning the great challenge of overcoming any outstanding issues regarding the territorial digital divide. On the other hand, the administration’s philosophy is to combine the need for modernity and respect for the historical heritage, in order to render a service not only to their inhabitants but also to tourists, always very numerous, and especially in the summer. In these periods of the year, the historic centre of Erice is therefore subject to the influx of many tourists who, when visiting this wonderful medieval town, expect full network coverage that supports the use of their smartphones without bandwidth shortages. Its position on top of a mountain reduces, if not eliminates, the signal coming from the macro sites of the operators reaching the internal streets of the centre.
One of the main challenges for Erice and in fact, any historical city, is seamlessly blending in the new with the old. Our mobile coverage solution grants the most advanced technology available without interfering with the city’s aesthetics while conserving its historical appearance. The city centre of Erice can now boast top of the line mobile connectivity to all its residents and visitors overcoming all geographic and historic challenges.
There are two great challenges to overcome with historic European cities. The first, being the infrastructure which cannot be altered in certain situations or must be adapted in a certain way so as to not damage or negative impact any site of historic significance. Secondly, we must seamlessly blend the new with the old: Our mobile coverage solution grants the most advanced technology available without interfering with the city’s aesthetics while conserving its historical appearance.
In order to accomplish this, we have deployed a MIMO solution with 40 antennas and 10×2 Rus divided in 3 sectors. Cellnex brings a multi-operator, independent host solution to the table offering end to end service and acting as the single point of contact for easy interaction with the administration.