Vodafone and O2 4G masts by Beacon area

Vodafone and O2 mast design guide by UK region (North West, North East, London and so on). I also have a page explaining the mast setups by number of antenna ports. Cable tags used on masts indicated the lead operator for that region; red indicating Vodafone and blue O2. Antennas models numbers vary with panel gain and addon features. I've chosen the antenna model which closest represents what is deployed.

Image: A map showing the areas each operator is in charge of for upgrades and the BTS, MHA/RRU and antenna vendors that are used.

 

In Depth Video Explaining Vodafone and O2 Masts by their Beacon UK Region

O2 Ericsson

The O2 Ericsson region serves the North East: Hull and East Yorkshire, as well as Newcastle and most of Scotland. Characterised by Ericsson BTS, RRUs and MHAs and pretty much exclusively Kathrein Antennas in use.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equipment/Antenna Schematic.

A dual band example featuring Kathrein 80010669 dual Low band panels and Ericsson RRUs (behind antennas).

Triple Band Antenna Schematic.

Triple Band Kathrein Panel 80010698 (low, low, high), complete with Ericsson RRUs for 800MHz and MHAs for 2100MHz.

Kathrein Triple band 80010698 panel with two lows wired for 800 and 900. A dual high band Kathrein with one wired for 2100. Spare high port on 80010698 for future O2 1800MHz and the spare high port on the dual bander is for future VF L2600.

Quad Band Antenna Schematic

 

Triple Band Kathrein Panel 80010698 (low, low, high) and single high band Kathrein, complete with Ericsson RRUs for 800MHz and MHAs for 2100MHz. Between the two panels, there are two low bands and two highs which allows for L1800 alongside U2100.

A Penta Band example using a Amphenol Triple band 6878200 and a Kathrein Triple Band 80010698. All the low bands are separate. Has 2100MHz via Ericsson 2100MHz MHA.

The same as the mast on the left but with a dual band Kathrein instead of the triple band Amphenol. Also has Ericsson RRUs.

Vodafone Huawei, NSN and Ericsson

South West region including Guildford, Basingstoke, Southampton, Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth and Falmouth. A general mix of most vendors. When 2100MHz is deployed, there is usually a separate 2100MHz transmission chain for each operator.

Ericsson RRUs, Commscope Argus CVVPX310R1 triple band panels.

Nokia RRUs and Huawei ATR451606 triple band Panels. 

Ericsson RRUs. Panels are dual band Kathrein 80010665V01 and triple band Commscope CVVPX310R1.

Dual Huawei RRUs per sector for dedicated operator 2100MHz. Huawei dual band ADU451716 and triple band ATR451709 panels.

Triple band Commscope Argus CVVPX310R1 and dual band Kathrein 80010665V01 with all wired. Ericsson RRUs for 800MHz. Also operator dedicated 2100 feeds and also 1800MHz.

Vodafone Huawei only

North West region including Manchester, Liverpool and Carlisle. Characterised by Huawei active and passive antennas, Huawei RRUs. Separate 2100MHz transmission chain.

Huawei Dual band and Huawei AAU.

Two Huawei Active antennas and a passive antenna per sector. The integrated RRUs that make the panels active are for dedicated operator 2100MHz.

Two Dual Band Huawei Panels ADU451716 with two Huawei RRUs. Most likely configuration is L08VT, UG09VT, U21V, U21T.

Dual Band Huawei ADU451716 and Triple band Huawei ATR451709.

Triple Band Huawei ATR451709 and Dual band Huawei ADU451716.

 

O2 Nokia (NSN)

The O2 Nokia region includes Norfolk, Lincoln, Leicester and Loughborough, as well as Kent and Brighton and many other East Midlands locations. Nokia BTS, MHAs and RRUs in this region, alongside Commscope, Amphenol and Kathrein antennas. Dual dual band (quad band) antennas are fairly characteristic.

Amphenol 5963200 dual dual band antennas and a separate Kathrein dual band 80010771. Nokia MHAs for 2100MHz.

 

Identical to the setup on the left but using a Commscope Argus Quad Band (CCVVPX305/CCVVPX308) and a Kathrein 80010305

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A possible schematic if 4x4 is deployed. Otherwise, the ports used to provide the additional antennas for 4x4 could be for single operator G18 and additional G09, for example.

A Quad Band Amphenol TWIN338CU000, together with a dual band antenna, which again, in theory, permits 4x4 on L08 and L18. Also usual UG09, U21. Nokia MHAs on 2100MHz.

Schematic will similar to the one above as it has six ports and carries the same frequencies. 

Two Kathrein dual band panels and a, I believe, Kathrein dual band. 08, 09, 18, 21.

 

Vodafone and O2 Masts in London

I have not covered the masts in London on this page at this current time due to their exceptional variety; I have yet to explore the complex ones in sufficient quantity to establish trends.

Beacon's base setup in London. Additional frequencies are added ontop of this setup through combiners and additional panels.