Kordia, an Australasian provider of customised broadcast and telecommunications networks, has completed the primary phase of an in-building coverage (IBC) network at Sydney Airport designed to allow travelers to use their wireless mobile connection regardless of their individual carrier.
The new IBC is a communal 2G and 3G wireless network that Australian carriers will be able to connect to.
Kordia was engaged by Vodafone to build the IBC network design at Sydney Airport, said Pui-Sing Wong, Kordia's Communications Executive.
"The network is shared by different major telecommunications carriers such as Optus, Telstra, Vodafone and Hutchison. Vodafone is the lead carrier and they engaged us to design the IBC network, they've always wanted to do the system upgrade to the airport to improve coverage for 3G."
Kordia's other requirement was to meet a deadline for the APEC summit. "They gave us two months to finish before APEC, and the design was drafted and implemented within the two months."
According to a Kordia statement, the new IBC is capable of combining technologies at 850Mhz, 900Mhz, 1800Mhz, and 2100Mhz, satisfying the requirements of all carriers operating off the system.'
Wong says the implementation of the IBC is an improvement on Sydney Airport's previous 2G and limited 3G network, and will benefit travelers through seamless mobile coverage.
The cost to users will depend on individual carriers.
"Basically any traveler coming into the airport will be able to use the network. The cost will vary depending on the various individual carriers, we just did the design and implementation of the network," explained Wong. The primary phase of the IBC network was completed in the final week of August and covers all public areas in the airport. Wong said the remaining areas of the airport will come into the network next month.
"We finished the first stage last weekend, tested the implementation and it was all working fine. The next phase in October will include the private areas such as the airport lounges, but all the major public areas have been finished."