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Vodafone develop new mini-antenna disguised as a bird nesting box

In a bid to reduce the number of 'notspots' in rural areas Vodafone have come up with an ingenious way to boost mobile coverage across the UK.

Notspots plague areas where the local geography makes it difficult to ensure a consistent mobile signal is available to customers and areas such as UK National Parks where conservation of the local landscape is key.

In such areas errecting a large network mast simply isn't an option as the damage caused to the site can disturb local wildlife as well as presenting an eyesore that stands out in the natural scenery.

Designed in conjunction with NET Coverage Solutions Vodafone have designed a new mini-antenna that has been designed to look like a bird nesting box.

Vodafone birdbox mini-antena

The new mini-antenna or 'Femtocell' is currently being tested in a garden in Wiltshire with the network hoping that it will pick up on mobile signal from the nearest network mast and effectively boost the local signal to provide better coverage to the surrounding areas, particularly with the aim to improve indoor signal for those living in the rural area.

According to Pedro Santos Vodafone UK’s lead network engineer (and the chap who installed the first box), "The Vodafone bird box is working well, and no birds have been sufficiently fooled to try to get into it, although the customer says it looks very convincing."

Pedro later went on to add, "We take great care about the visual impact our systems have on the beautiful country side. A standard external mobile antenna can look out of place situated on or near a rural cottage so we are always looking at clever ways to ensure they blend into the surroundings."

This is great news for those who work in rural areas, plus if you pair this with one of our tough mobiles on a Vodafone contract you can be sure that you'll remain in contact wherever, whenever.