BAI Communications Australia is shaping the future of broadcast, shared infrastructure and wireless communications technology. We are creating an inspiring blueprint that will challenge traditional thinking, harness innovation, facilitate collaboration and ignite new opportunities to improve connectivity for communities and underpin Australia’s digital economy.
In Australia, BAI operates one of the most extensive broadcast networks in the world across 752 sites. We provide 1,985 fully managed television and radio transmission services, delivering 127 million broadcasting hours to 99% of the population.
Decades-long partnerships with national public broadcasters, ABC and SBS, have seen BAI manage the Australian transition from analogue to digital television. Throughout that transition, we collaborated with the broadcast industry to provide spectrum-planning advice to the Australian Communications and Media Authority. Today, we are applying our expertise to advance the broadcast and telecommunications networks of the future; for example, bringing the first 4K television broadcasting trials to Australia. We also work in partnership with commercial broadcasters Southern Cross Austereo and WIN.
In times of crisis, such as natural disasters, national broadcasters rely on BAI to maintain their connection with Australians, and emergency services trust us to keep them connected, informed and safe. In New South Wales (NSW), we operate and maintain the government’s Public Safety Network for the NSW Telco Authority, managing over 300 sites across NSW to facilitate communication among emergency services and transport, energy, and environment service providers.
Our telecommunications offering includes distributed antenna systems, small cells, and macro cells. We also design, build, and operate public, private wireless and smart precincts solutions. BAI itself owns over 400 towers across the country. Through our tower network, utilising our engineering, delivery, and operational capabilities, we provide neutral host and fibre co-location services for mobile network operators (MNOs), service providers, enterprises, and public sector customers.
This extensive footprint presents significant opportunities for our customers, amplifying their reach, enhancing their services, and accelerating their networks. These solutions are a priority growth area, and our carrier licence is key to delivering seamless end-to-end fully managed or neutral host services.
Whether it’s bringing together the right network of partnerships or working as part of a dedicated team to deliver shared outcomes, our people are relentless in helping our customers rethink commercial and delivery models – creating synergies across multiple use cases and technologies. To every challenge, we bring decades of expertise, and a willingness to do things differently. We’re here for the long term to grow and scale with our customers to advance connectivity across Australia
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United Kingdom & Ireland
BAI’s leading neutral host model is helping to accelerate and optimise wireless infrastructure in the UK. Two major partnerships with Transport for London and Sunderland City Council are helping to fast track the UK’s digital transformation and build the smart communities of the future.
In 2021 BAI was awarded a 20-year contract by Transport for London to deliver high-speed mobile connectivity across the capital in the most advanced network of its type in the world. The partnership will establish a long-awaited backbone of connectivity across London with a city-wide integrated communications network delivering multi-carrier cellular, Wi-Fi, and fibre connectivity services.
Modern multi-carrier infrastructure will enable mobile operators to immediately provide continuous coverage to their customers across London Underground stations and tunnels. BAI will also help to create a safer, smarter London by building and operating critical communications infrastructure that will support police, fire, and ambulance services.
BAI has also signed a 20-year strategic partnership with Sunderland City Council to build a new 5G centric network, accelerating adoption of transformative digital services for sectors including manufacturing and logistics, education and social care. Sunderland was awarded UK Smart City of the Year 2020 and the next generation 5G mobile infrastructure puts it on track to become one of the UK’s most advanced smart cities.
BAI’s expertise in the UK and commitment to connect the unconnected in the most complex environments has been strengthened through its acquisition of Vilicom, a leader in high performance 4G and 5G mobile and cellular coverage solutions. Vilicom specialises in private, indoor and off-shore networks, with projects ranging from premiership football stadiums to Moray East offshore windfarm in Scotland, where Vilicom designed a bespoke private network covering an area of 295km².
These momentous projects and investment in its UK office, recently celebrated by the UK’s International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan, underlines BAI’s long-term commitment to the country and desire to expand its European presence in coming years.
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In Italy, BAI Communications is helping drive the country’s digital evolution by providing reliable, next-generation connectivity solutions for a smarter future and more resilient economy.
We are a leading provider of neutral-host communications infrastructure, enabling Italians to stay connected with high-quality networks. We focus on delivering low latency and unlimited capacity networks for dense urban environments. We design, fund, build and manage the critical cellular, Wi-Fi and fibre infrastructure needed to accelerate digital innovation across the country.
Our connected infrastructure solutions include 5G small cells and secure private networks in the healthcare, education and manufacturing sectors, among others. We also specialise in state-of-the-art DAS networks and in-building solutions to support continuous connectivity in large public venues and stadiums across the country.
With long-term relationships with Italy’s leading mobile carriers, we work alongside private industry, public offices, and municipalities to deliver seamless communications projects to improve indoor and outdoor connectivity for the people of Italy.
As the country continues to extend its capabilities in shared infrastructure, including developing smart city applications, we are providing long-lasting infrastructure investment essential to advancing a robust digital economy in Italy.
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BAI designs, builds, installs, and maintains communications systems for the Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway (MTR), enabling passengers to collaborate, create and stay connected.
BAI Hong Kong’s 20-year partnership with MTR Corporation delivers ongoing value through essential radio systems upgrades, mobile phone system installations, and critical sub-system updates to the network.
Specifically, BAI has built indoor radio networks in airport terminals, convention centres and major shopping complexes across the country and are currently exploring a pioneer 5G DAS system in a transit environment. Through this work, BAI digitally enables 2 billion underground passenger rides every year, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, across the 218-kilometre metropolitan network, which is one of the world’s busiest rapid transit railway systems.
BAI also works closely with the Hong Kong government on diverse communications projects including the upgrade of fire services radio systems, police radio systems and re-broadcasting systems in car tunnels, as well as the integrated cellular network in the central government office complex. BAI has also built indoor radio networks in airport terminals, convention centres and major shopping complexes.
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In Toronto, BAI enables around 1.7 million* travellers a day to connect seamlessly with the people and things that matter to them through our reliable Wi-Fi and cellular network.
BAI Canada has funded, designed, built, and operates the communications infrastructure across the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) subway system. The network includes Wi-Fi, cellular, and IP connectivity that covers all 75 subway stations, backed by 75km of fibre optics deployed throughout the TTC subway system. BAI’s network also provides connectivity for various applications, including a private LAN for TTC staff, connectivity for Pattison’s digital signage, and connectivity services for 1,600 PRESTO fare payment devices.
They have also deployed and continue to manage Canada’s largest cellular DAS network, that covers over 29km of subway tunnels with expansion plans well underway. BAI Canada’s converged network enables connectivity for more than 200 million annual subway commuters and operational personnel.
As a trusted TTC partner, BAI has developed and implemented a data analytics solution that provides insights into foot traffic and crowding conditions throughout the subway system. These insights help the TTC identify and manage overcrowding more effectively, which enables better resource allocation and improves incident response times – proactively resolving issues before conditions become hazardous. Obtaining a complete view of the subway’s day-to-day usage helps the TTC make better informed transit planning decisions.
Toronto is looking to modernise the way we live, work, and commute. With innovative IoT applications and robust connectivity forming the backbone of a smart city, BAI is proud to play a part in the city’s digital evolution.
*Source: Toronto Transit Commission (pre-covid)
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In the United States BAI is represented by BAI Communications companies Mobilitie, Transit Wireless and ZenFi Networks.
Mobilitie is the leading telecommunications infrastructure company in the United States. A veteran provider of complete wireless solutions, Mobilitie helps people stay connected on their mobile devices wherever they are. It funds, deploys, and operates next generation infrastructure that enables robust coverage and 5G services and speeds.
Mobilitie designs, builds, manages, and maintains wireless and wireline infrastructure to deliver optimal coverage in the most demanding and challenging environments. From transit networks, high rises and large hospitality venues to the largest sports stadiums, entertainment arenas and more, Mobilitie engineers robust solutions that deliver the coverage and capacity needed today and anticipate the needs of tomorrow.
Mobilitie partners with telecommunications carriers to design and build high-capacity wireless networks in data intensive environments to provide comprehensive, robust, and secure mobile coverage. Mobilitie specialises in funding, deploying and operating wireless solutions that include Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS), large public venues, small cells, Wi-Fi networks, private networks, towers, fibre networks, and mass transit systems that are integrated with wireless carriers to enable high speed mobile communications.
Now with its recent acquisition of Signal Point Systems, the leading telecommunications infrastructure provider focused on U.S military bases, Mobilitie is focused on providing next-generation connectivity for military personnel and their families. Mobilitie and Signal Points’ complementary offerings and shared vision for the wireless industry will collectively accelerate 5G and fiber-based broadband connectivity to US military personnel across the country.
Mobilitie has existing telecommunication infrastructure contracts with transit operators in San Francisco and Seattle, as well as a portfolio that includes 220 large public venues’ DAS networks, 10,000 small cells and 300 tower sites across the United States.
Transit Wireless, is a leading 5G neutral host fibre infrastructure company that provides cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity across large infrastructure projects including the New York City subway system. Transit Wireless finances, designs, builds, operates, and maintains wireless networks to connect millions of customers each day. Our subway communications network is an award-winning public-private partnership with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and provides service to all tier one wireless carriers.
Specifically, Transit Wireless designed, built, owns, and operates one of the largest neutral-host wireless networks in the world within the New York City subway system. In the New York City subway system, Transit Wireless implemented high quality, highly resilient infrastructure for secure private networks, public safety communications, New York City transit communications, and public Wi-Fi, cellular and broadband wireless. Transit Wireless provides 160 miles of fibre to service 283 underground stations on 22 subway lines, serving about 5.3 million riders on any given weekday. This network has improved public safety, enhanced the rider experience, and enabled wireless carriers to extend essential connectivity to their customers.
ZenFi Networks, a BAI Communications company, is a wireless infrastructure provider delivering innovative solutions that enable the wireless, wholesale and enterprise communities throughout the New York City and New Jersey metro areas. ZenFi’s Network Solutions include fibre, small cells and network edge colocation, all purpose-built for a mobile world.
ZenFi’s portfolio of assets include over 1,100 route miles of fibre network throughout the New York and New Jersey metro region. This fibre network connects into major data centres and points of presence in 65 network edge colocation facilities, a critical component of its C-RAN infrastructure. ZenFi also holds the rights to provide mobile infrastructure solutions across 4,000 LinkNYC kiosk structures through its partnership with the CityBridge consortium. The deal allows them to participate in Link5G, the next phase of LinkNYC, a first-of-its-kind communications network that has replaced payphones across New York City with state-of-the-art kiosks equipped with free high-speed Wi-Fi, maps, connections to city services, and device charging at no cost to taxpayers or users.
In addition to the standard LinkNYC features, Link5G will bring a faster and more equitable deployment of 5G to neighbourhoods across New York City, with a focus on previously underserved areas. Link5G can accommodate all carrier equipment needs and provide the necessary infrastructure to expand broadband connectivity to areas of the city that have traditionally been underserved by carriers. The new kiosks include 5 independent RF transparent bays to host multiple carriers deploying a variety of 4G and 5G technologies.
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