Cel-Fi GO M Races Towards Victory At The Dakar Rally

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The Challenge

  • Boost mobile signal inside the race office
  • Switch between mobile networks
  • Maintain 4G whilst on the move
  • Ability to withstand dust in the harsh terrain

The Product


Business Benefits

  • Network switching via the Cel-Fi WAVE portal
  • Quick installation
  • Reliable mobile connectivity on the move

Business Profile

The BRX support team will follow in an HGV race office and two management cars. The race office carries the control centre and communication hub from where the core support team have an overview of the entire event. Good connectivity is critical to ensure that there is always reliable two-way communication available which will ensure that support can be carried out timeously and effectively. During trials at Prodrive’s HQ in Banbury, Oxford it was discovered that there was very little mobile signal available inside the race office. The cause of the problem was down to the materials used in the build of the race office, preventing mobile signal from penetrating the body of the vehicle. The lack of mobile signal was the cause of great concern as the team extensively rely on their mobile devices to stay in touch with the other support vehicles and race control. This could ultimately affect the team’s chance of success at the rally.

The Challenge

The purpose-built production facility is soundproofed throughout and comprises thick concrete external and internal walls. While this creates ideal conditions to capture TV shows, it can severely hinder mobile signal from penetrating the building.

With the facility used by BBC Studioworks’ employees and freelancers, client production teams, on-screen talent and contributors, an in-building mobile coverage solution to cover all networks was required.

Mindful of the problem, BBC Studioworks set about finding a solution that could provide adequate mobile coverage for the scale and complexity of the building.

The Solution

Activ Technology Ltd, an existing reseller of Frequency Telecom, contacted Frequency to find out whether they could assist with a legal, robust and reliable in-vehicle mobile signal booster solution which could easily be configured to enhance mobile signal in the UK, UAE, and Saudi Arabia. The Cel-Fi GO M in-vehicle signal booster was put forward as the optimal solution to overcome the signal issues within the race office. Activ Technology provided Prodrive with the Cel-Fi GO M solution comprising of 1 x Trucker Antenna as the donor antenna, 1 x Cel-Fi GO M signal booster and 1 x Patch Antenna as the server antenna.

The Cel-Fi GO M solution was installed in the race office at the Banbury HQ and configured to the corporate network. The deployment was a success. From near to no signal in the race office previously, the team were able to benefit from 5 bars of mobile coverage within the race office vehicle when the booster was active.

The rally cars and support vehicles were transported from the UK to the UAE and onward to Saudi Arabia. The Cel-Fi GO M booster was successfully configured to the different local networks in the respective countries, providing essential mobile connectivity to the BRX Bahrain Rally Xtreme team.

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