This post is by Iris Heinonen from the Nokia Siemens Networks innovation team
You’re on a call, and it suddenly drops. Was it the weather, your operator, network congestion or some other technical issue? There’s a long list of things we love to blame for poor wireless signals. The true culprit, which could be insulation or any foil-backed or metallic building material, is rarely on the list.
The triple-pane glass- cladding of many modern buildings, for example, is metal coated and blocks radio frequency penetration. According to a 2012 research report* by Tampere University of Technology in Finland, the penetration of wireless signals can be up to one hundred times weaker in new buildings than in old ones.
With more than 85% of data and 70% of voice traffic originating from within buildings, the quality of indoor coverage is increasingly important and solutions to provide coverage in buildings are increasingly vital to meet customer demand for both coverage and quality.
Even as governments and companies continue to investigate the impact of building materials and new regulations on energy efficiency, there are many solutions available today to enhance in-building cellular coverage. These range from improving the efficiency of radio network sites to refarming and low frequency LTE. Small cell technology and services to maximize the mix of macro and small cells, as well as distributed antenna systems improve both indoor coverage and optimize the use of capacity.
Nokia Siemens Networks provides solutions in all these areas. By helping operators optimize indoor coverage and deliver capacity where it’s needed most, we are not only improving network performance and the customer experience, we are also innovating for a world in motionTM.
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* The report is in Finnish.