Research: In-Building Wireless Coverage Critical - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Mobile
Commentary
6/29/2007
10:55 AM
Eric Ogren
Eric Ogren
Commentary
50%
50%

Research: In-Building Wireless Coverage Critical

A report from ABI Research says that more work and important communications takes place indoors rather than out, and that propels the need for better wireless coverage inside.

A report from ABI Research says that more work and important communications takes place indoors rather than out, and that propels the need for better wireless coverage inside."The combination of supply-side enablers -- 3G networks, handsets with advanced capabilities, mobile applications -- with a strong customer need means operators will be focused on establishing a coverage footprint inside buildings to retain customers who are using mobile data services," said principal analyst Dan Shey in a prepared statement. "We expect this market to show a compound annual growth rate of nearly 20% by 2011."

That's a good sign for companies that supply wireless equipment. ABI goes on to say that while the network operators have been working to extend their current networks into buildings, the results aren't good enough. Just this week I was at a meeting in Manhattan. Standing at a window on the 21st floor of a building two blocks from Times Square, my phone was giving me just one bar of coverage. When I moved into the core of the building (i.e., standing next to the elevators), my phone dropped to "SOS" mode. The macro network wasn't able to penetrate through all the walls in that building at that height. Network operators will have to look to other micro cell technologies to pick up where the macro network leaves off.

"Traditional DAS and repeater systems will still play a major role in establishing indoor coverage," says Shey, "but look for femtocells and picocells to play an increasingly important role, not only supplementing current in-building systems but also replacing them."

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Slideshows
What Digital Transformation Is (And Isn't)
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  12/4/2019
Commentary
Watch Out for New Barriers to Faster Software Development
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  12/3/2019
Commentary
If DevOps Is So Awesome, Why Is Your Initiative Failing?
Guest Commentary, Guest Commentary,  12/2/2019
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
State of the Cloud
State of the Cloud
Cloud has drastically changed how IT organizations consume and deploy services in the digital age. This research report will delve into public, private and hybrid cloud adoption trends, with a special focus on infrastructure as a service and its role in the enterprise. Find out the challenges organizations are experiencing, and the technologies and strategies they are using to manage and mitigate those challenges today.
Video
Current Issue
The Cloud Gets Ready for the 20's
This IT Trend Report explores how cloud computing is being shaped for the next phase in its maturation. It will help enterprise IT decision makers and business leaders understand some of the key trends reflected emerging cloud concepts and technologies, and in enterprise cloud usage patterns. Get it today!
Slideshows
Flash Poll