Strange Mast

Walking home from the hackerspace last night I came across this interesting mast behind a car parked on the pavement. I had to grab a picture of this strange thing on Union Street.

4G Mast

The guy operating the mast spotted me taking the picture and came down for a chat. This mast was acting as a 4G base station, there was a second vehicle driving around the city, listening for this mast to map 4G propagation. It turns out that Aberdeen city council are planning to roll out 4G across the entire city, with free access. The council want to use this for fleet management and I think it is probably part of their initiative to improve bandwidth in the city.

According to the operator of this mast the 4G won't just cover the city center, they have been mapping industrial estates in Altens and out towards the edges of the Bridge of Don