Vodafone develops “birdbox” antenna for rural areas


New mini-antenna looks like bird-nesting box and will help improve indoor mobile coverage, according to operator

Vodafone has developed a new mini-antenna designed to look like a bird-nesting box.

The new mini-antenna, designed in conjunction with NET Coverage Solutions, picks up signal from a nearby mobile mast and boosting it to strengthen indoor coverage.

The box is currently being trialled in a garden in Wiltshire, with the design specifically aimed at blending in to a rural setting.

Vodafone UK lead technical engineer Pedro Santos, who installed the system, said: “We take great care about the visual impact our systems have on the beautiful country side. A standard external mobile antenna can look out of place situated on or near a rural cottage so we are always looking at clever ways to ensure they blend in to the surroundings.

“The Vodafone bird box is working well and no birds have been sufficiently fooled to try to get in to it, although the customer says it looks very convincing.”