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KTL successfully deploys space diversity MW link to enable 4G on remote Scottish islands

KTL recently completed the installation of microwave links to connect remote islands off the coast of Scotland for a high-profile client. The project involved upgrading the client's Emergency Services Network to enable fast, safe, and secure voice, video, and data transmission across the 4G network. This would provide first responders with immediate access to life-saving data, images, and information during emergencies.

The technical aspect of low-band links is KTL's bread and butter. As the client's links passed over water to connect the islands, the 28km links were designed as "Space Diversity" to counteract reflections from the sea that could cause interference as tidal levels changed. This solution ensures the best receive signal and ensures continuous and reliable transmission. The KTL team required intricate planning and commissioning to complete this project successfully.

A field crew was assigned to the project, selected for their diligence and competence in completing complex tasks in quick turnaround times and difficult conditions. The round trip took over 1500 miles to access the sites using All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) to transport equipment through vastly remote terrain.

The project was not without its challenges. The geographical locations of the sites posed many obstacles for the installs, especially given the harsh and unpredictable weather in the region. KTL's health and safety policies and "Right First Time" approach were critical for this project, given the remote locations of the sites. However, the team's experience made these projects no more daunting than any previous projects accomplished.

In early March, the weather conditions in the North Sea Islands were unforgiving, with heavy snow and a wind chill factor of -15 degrees. Despite the numerous challenges faced during this installation, KTL's transmission delivery projects team completed the project safely, on time, and in full.

According to Barry Neary, KTL Project Director, "This project exemplifies the tenacity and capability of KTL's transmission delivery projects team. We take pride in our ability to deliver even in the harshest weather conditions."

James Flynn, KTL Project Manager, also commented on the success of the project, saying, "The successful delivery of this project is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our field crew, who worked tirelessly to ensure that the installation was completed without incident, within SLA, and to the client's satisfaction. I am proud of their commitment to excellence, and I look forward to working with them on future projects.

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