MLL on emergency standby for London’s Streetworks Embargo

One of the more surprising benefits of the Olympic Games is that Londoners and visitors to the capital should be able to enjoy up to 7 months without any roadworks taking place in most parts of the Metropolitan area. This dream scenario arises from an official embargo on digging up the pavements and roads or even lifting manhole covers. The ban starts in many areas on March 1st and in others on July 1st and is scheduled to last right up until the end of September. This action is partly based on the desire for minimal traffic hold-ups during the games but has clearly also been prompted by tight security precautions.

While the general public might bask in this novel experience, it poses a potential nightmare situation for major utilities and their commercial customers who may have to wait several months before undertaking urgent work. In the case of BT, for example, delivery of new fibre circuits in affected areas will be delayed significantly.

However, as in all these situations, there is always some resourceful solution to the problem. One company that is already standing by to help businesses caught out by the embargo is network provider, MLL Telecom, who specialise in radio based circuits using microwave technology. These, of course, sit above road level and are therefore unaffected by the disruption. This could prove a boon for organisations with emergency and / or fast delivery requirements during the 7 month duration of the ban.

There are, of course, some issues to overcome with radio links: getting site acquisition and obtaining viable spectrum for example but, unlike the streetworks embargo, they can be very quickly overcome. Liaising with a site owner, MLL can install a temporary link with lead times as short as 24 hours or, if necessary, apply to Ofcom for an ‘emergency link’  – a process facilitated by the company’s status as a  Licensed Operator.

In a built up areas such as London, congestion on spectrum could affect radio viability so it’s convenient that MLL owns its own spectrum and can use 32Ghz. This not only precludes the possibility of congestion but there is no wasted time waiting for a spectrum licence from Ofcom.   The Thames Valley company also holds essential kit in stock and can therefore quickly get their engineers on site with the link up and running in a matter of days.

With over 20 years’ experience in radio links, MLL Telecom are no strangers to coping with emergency installations and have rapidly installed PtMP links such as a 4 hop link for a mobile operator during the  Reading Festival which was live in around 3 weeks.

The actual parts of the Olympic Route Network affected from March 1st are the Core Route, the Venue Route and the A501. The rest of the network is subject to the ban from July 1st.

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