October 21, 2019
Third Base Station Up, Radio Planning Done
This week, we're starting the large-scale deployment of Sigfox base stations all over Lithuania. After inspecting out first installations and making a few final corrections to the first sites, we're finally sure we know how to install and run all our infrastructure the right way.
One big step towards full deployment was to do our radio planning. From the hundreds of potential spots that were available from our partners' portfolios, we needed to pick the ones that were capable of hosting a Sigfox base station, minimizing the interferences from existing telecom infrastructure, and trying to get the best bang for the buck from the coverage perspective.
I couldn't thank enough our partnering installation engineers, who spent countless hours looking over the photos and blueprints of the sites to make sure that yes, we could set up our antennas and feeder cables and filters and base stations at every spot with as little of extra work as possible. Sometimes, it's better to pick two sites at 30 meters of antenna elevation, instead of one at 100 meters - just because the apparently "amazing" spot is already overcrowded, and you'd need to install a whole new support structure, and a new lightning rod, in order to accommodate your antenna, blowing up your whole budget.
What now? Well, hopefully we'll have enough coverage in Kaunas to run pilots before the end of the month, and Klaipėda will follow in November. We're still on track to achieve our projected coverage before the end of the year. What's that "projected coverage"? Look no further than this map!