Testbeds & trials

Asset Loc8tor

  • Started on 8 Feb 2022

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  • Total project funding: £498,000
  • Location: West Sussex
  • Partners: West Sussex County Council (WSCC) in partnership with neutral host Freshwave and software designers Metricell together with Arun District Council, Adur and Worthing Councils, Chichester District Council, Crawley Borough Council, Horsham District Council and Mid-Sussex District Council.

Top level project summary

WSCC has established a county-wide Mobile Connectivity Asset Management project to better enable Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and their representatives with access to land, buildings and other assets suitable to host communications infrastructure. WSCC has collected and collated asset management data from all two-tier local authorities and conducted a countywide survey of 4G mobile services. Mapping has been overlayed with asset data to consider how to improve coverage in poorly served areas by using Council assets.

Asset Loc8tor builds on progress to date and explores legal and regulatory challenges, risks and issues. Using a neutral host model, we will better understand how to structure arrangements to assist MNOs to invest in greater coverage of 4G services.

Asset Loc8tor asset management platform will enable MNOs and asset owners to:

  • Access high quality asset data of available sites
  • Identify asset owners
  • Communicate with asset owners
  • Understand coverage issues
  • Co-ordinate asset planning and management

Our ambition is to actively work towards achieving a fully automated platform for site acquisition including financial transactions, automated purchasing of access to assets and streamlined processes. We expect to deliver a product to test with the market which could then be further enhanced into a fully integrated platform.

WSCC supports innovation and investment in digital infrastructure to grow the county’s economy and build resilience for the future. As major land and asset owners, all the county’s two-tier authorities recognise their important role in facilitating better digital connectivity by enabling easier access to council owned assets to host electronic communications equipment.

Collectively, the authorities have already taken significant steps toward marketing their assets to accelerate commercial investment in greater coverage of 4G mobile services. With DCIA funding and learning opportunities being made available, our shared ambition can become a reality.

Lee Harris, WSCC Director of Place Services


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