Skyscraper is London’s first to offer 4G network

One of London’s oldest skyscrapers has launched 4G coverage across all 42 storeys of the building thanks to a partnership with Vodafone.

Tower 42 owners have teamed up with the telecoms giant to offer high-speed access that counters the current 4G restrictions in built up blackspoke city landscapes.

Most skyscrapers are fitted with 2G or 3G coverage but few in development are being designed to feature 4G usage.

The system is connected by 2,000 metres of fibre cabling and provides 2G, 3G and 4G coverage across every floor to some 50 international companies, 2,500 people working at Tower 42 .

Philip Lewis of Kirsh Group commented on behalf of the owners of the site: “This building was at the forefront of new technology when it opened in 1981 and it will continue to lead the way.”

Lewis added: “If London is going to remain a location of choice, we need to ensure it offers global-leading technology systems to its business community. As a property owner, we take great pride in offering world class facilities and this high quality technology is critical to that commitment.”

Vodafone UK’s head of network Kye Prigg said: “With many of London’s skyscrapers now towering above our mobile network below, our engineers have to head for the heights in order to provide customers with a strong 4G signal.”

Prigg added: “Increasingly, we are providing bespoke 4G systems to achieve this, as well as working out new ways to overcome modern designs, such as reflective glass which can divert radio waves.”