Cell reception is no longer considered
a luxury. To most cell phone users, it’s a modern-day necessity making it
essential to have reliable cell coverage at your place of work.
provider coverage maps may show strong signals in your area, it does not
guarantee great reception in your workplace. Building materials, geographic or structural
interference, cell tower location, cell tower user capacity and a variety of
other factors can have a negative impact on your cell phone signal.
service and dropped calls are frustrating, and if employees are using their cell
phones to conduct business, problems like these can have a negative impact on
communication with your customers, vendors and on your bottom line.
there are ways you can help ensure that the cell signal inside your business facilities
is consistent and strong:
Avoid Inhibitors. Open a window, move away from walls and metal
surfaces, and move to a higher level.
Your Device. As batteries lose voltage, the amount
of power available to communicate with the cellular tower also dwindles.
Unused Applications and Pages. Closing
apps and pages that are running in the background enables your mobile device to
devote all performance to the task at hand.
Enhance Your Cellular Signal. Cell phone signal
boosters, also known as cell signal repeaters,
are a great solution for most any space that has cell reception outside or
nearby the facility. An in-building cell signal repeater such as SureCall’s
signal booster, typically supports most cellular providers, including AT&T,
Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile, in addition to smaller regional carriers if needed.
devices are usually installed along with what is called a distributed antenna
system (DAS). DAS is a telecommunications system that receives the carrier’s signal
(a licensed radio frequency) on a base transceiver station or a bi-directional
amplifier and then transports it into your building using a cable.
antennas are placed throughout the building as necessary to provide the best
overall service for you and your employees. Cellular signal enhancement
solutions come in passive or active options. The best option for you will depend
on the size of your facility.
systems use coaxial cable, a coverage antenna and other components that do not
require AC or DC power to function. Passive solutions are more cost effective to
install and work best in buildings that are under 100,000 square feet. Passive
systems require the radio frequency power to be balanced among multiple
coverage antennas so there is a strong and consistent signal throughout the
building. The downside to this option is that it is difficult and costly to
expand over time, should you want to increase the square footage taken up by
your business in the same building.
systems require AC or DC power and consist of changing the radio frequency into
other types of signals, such as optical. Then, antenna-like devices are placed
throughout the building to receive the signal and change it back into a radio
frequency used by cellular phones. Active systems are more costly than passive
and are used in very large buildings as well as in campus-like settings of
multiple buildings. This option, unlike a passive system, is easy to expand
should the need arise.
Chickasaw Telecom can help you assess your needs and find the solution that can best improve the cellular signal in your business.