The Case for Indoor Wireless Coverage
While operators are mostly still grappling with the challenges of deploying public access small cells, deploying tiny basestations within business premises -- where the need for improved coverage is acute -- is where many service providers are focusing their initial small-cell efforts. (See Know Your Small Cell: Home, Enterprise, or Public Access?)
Indoor coverage has long been a problem for cellular operators. It's why femtocells came into existence and why WiFi has risen in popularity. It's also why operators and their vendor partners are now pitching different small-cell platforms to improve indoor coverage. (See Ericsson Dials Up Operator Support for Radio Dot and Vodafone Launches Small Cell Service in UK.)
Infrastructure vendor CommScope Inc. has also thrown its name into the ring with its new ION-E architecture, launched last month at Mobile World Congress. The system combines licensed wireless and power with Gigabit Ethernet for WiFi. The company says it can scale up or down according to the size of the business, as it uses the standard IT structured cabling infrastructure common to most commercial buildings.
CommScope says that only 2% of commercial real estate globally has a dedicated in-building wireless system, but this year alone, 90 percent of companies will support their corporate business applications on employees personal mobile devices, making the need for in-building coverage more pressing.
Check out that and other statistics in support of its new ION-E architecture in the infographic, produced by CommScope, below.