Waterview Tunnel


The Challenge

How to provide seamless mobile coverage for all three network operators through New Zealand’s longest road tunnel carrying 60,000 vehicles daily? No problem. SkyComms was selected by 2degrees, Spark and Vodafone to design, build and manage this custom coverage solution.

The Solution

At 2.4 kilometres long, the six lane road tunnel is New Zealand’s longest so an innovatively designed mobile coverage solution was needed to ensure contiguous coverage throughout its length. SkyComms designed and installed a leading edge distributed antenna system (DAS) for this shared infrastructure mobile coverage solution and included a comprehensive system management service.

The Results

All current cellular technologies were catered for (2G, 3G and 4G) across all three mobile network providers in New Zealand and the DAS solution also had to handover seamlessly into the three network providers’ macro network layers. The whole solution was installed and tested within five weeks, well in time for the tunnel’s commissioning period.

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