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NET CS use church buildings to host telecoms equipment to spread mobile signal to rural 'notspots'. If your church is in a notspot, they might be able to help.

Rural mobile coverage initiative

If your area has poor mobile-phone signal, NET CS could help you bring 4G (and 5G) to your parish by hosting telecoms infrastructure on the tower or spire of your church building and linking up with a network of other local churches to extend coverage over a broad area. Your church could even earn a regular income by hosting the equipment.

NET CS have pioneered a process to deliver multi-operator coverage to rural not-spot locations at a fraction of the initial capital and long-term operational costs associated with traditional mobile-network roll-outs (allowing NET CS to operate where network operators often can't). This will help each church to provide a critical service to their local community, to fulfil their wider local community mission, and improve the sustainability of both the rural community and of its parish church. (For more about the legal process, please click here.)

What are the benefits?

This solution brings cost-effective multi-operator coverage to areas that Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) can't serve. For you, this could mean:

  • good mobile-phone signal (EE, 3, O2, Vodafone) in your area, provided by your church
  • partnership with nearby churches (typically around 6) in one network
  • less equipment than a traditional MNO site: 4 (not 12) antennae per church building
  • an annual income for each participating church, agreed by licence with NET CS
  • as well as mobile coverage, WiFi in each participating church building.

What are the costs?

There are no costs to the PCC. NET CS will arrange for the appropriate processes to be undertaken. If the project is viable, NET CS will undertake the work necessary for a faculty application and subsequent installation.

Been approached by an MNO?

If you've been contacted by a company wanting to install telecoms equipment on your church for an MNO (mobile network operator), click below.

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Rural mobile coverage summary

More detail about NET CS's rural mobile coverage initiative, and what it could do for your church building. 

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