New mobile phone mast plans in Bury St Edmunds town centre would provide 5G coverage
A 12 metre high mobile phone mast which would provide improved coverage including 5G services could be installed in a Suffolk town centre.
Mobile infrastructure company Cornerstone has submitted plans to upgrade a rooftop installation in Bury St Edmunds at 3-4 Cornhill at the junction of Woolhall Street.
Plans submitted to West Suffolk Council said it would provide improved 2G, 3G and 4G coverage as well as the new 5G in the IP33 postcode area for Telefónica, which owns provider O2.
A Cornerstone spokesman said: "If successful telecommunications equipment will be installed at on the base station to provide local O2 customers with essential network connectivity including 5G services and enhanced network capacity."
5G is short for ‘fifth generation mobile networks’ and provides faster services.
In the plans, Cornerstone said customers would be able to download a full HD movie in less than 10 seconds, which would take closer to 10 minutes on 4G.
It noted that 5G will 'prove critical in providing the infrastructure required to deliver remote health services over the next decade'.
The proposals would upgrade an existing telecommunications base station, replacing a 7 metre high flagpole and antennas with a new 12 metre pole.
Although the new mast would be an increase in height, Cornerstone said the visual impact would be 'relatively small' as it would be screened by surrounding buildings.
The height of the upgraded pole had been 'kept down to the absolute minimum capable of providing the required essential new 5G coverage'.
The rooftop of the building has two other flagpole installations with shrouded antennas for other operators.
Neither O2 nor other mobile providers EE, Three or Vodafone currently offer 5G in the IP33 area.