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The increasing demand for indoor wireless systems

January 10, 2011

Imagine you move to brand new luxury apartment in tall building. After unpacking you think on making a call with your mobile phone to your parents or friends to catch up. The voice quality is low and you can’t understand anything the other party is saying. You move to the window to see if the reception becomes better. As you approach the window the quality gets even worst and the call abruptly drops. This is what happens with millions of mobile users all over the world.

This is a well known problem in tall buildings where interference is a major headache for radio planning engineers. New York Times reports that consumers are becoming more demanding, and most of the times an indoor distributed antenna system must be deployed.

(…) Eric Brunnett, the director of information technology for Trump SoHo, said that complaints about cellphone reception from guests at Trump and other companies’ properties had been increasing over the past few years. “They don’t like it when their cell signal doesn’t work,” he said, “and it’s becoming a big part of their decision on where they’re going to stay(…)

According to a recent survey by Parks Associates/FemtoForum, 41% of the users (US) report slow access to mobile internet and 26% complaint about dropped calls at home. This scope of this survey was to evaluate consumer needs in terms of the femtocell market.

Are we seeing a shift in the inbuilding wireless ecosystem where landlords actually install and accomodate mobile operators needs in order to maintain their tenants? Is indoor wireless becoming an utility just like water, gas or electricity?  Time will tell, but things are definitely changing.


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