Whether you work from home or in a large office building, a strong network is essential in order to stay connected to clients and colleagues. If your service is spotty, there are a number of ways to improve network strength and speed. One is to implement the use of your own base station. There are many reasons why your service might be less than ideal, including the positioning of your office building and the use of the network during peak business hours. Here is a look at how using small base stations can impact your coverage.
Personal base station benefits
Small cells, or femtocells, are usually designed for use in a small business or home setting. These use a broadband connection to connect your business to the wider network, supporting up to 16 active mobile phones at a time. If your office sits in a spot with shaky coverage, using a small cell base station like this carries the benefit of extending coverage. You can avoid dropped calls and conduct online conferences without worrying about cutting out in the middle. These are available for all network standards, whether you’re using a 2G, 3G, or 4G network. Mobile operators enjoy the benefit of being able to provide extra coverage for their customers, while boosting network capacity. Your business also enjoys an improvement in coverage, with your own personal base station inside of the office. Voice quality on calls will be better, ensuring a crystal clear connection to clients. Many major operators, including Nokia Networks and others, offer small cell base stations for businesses.
Widespread rollout of services
There are so many benefits to using small cell base stations that some suppliers, such as Qualcomm, are suggesting a widespread rollout of these services. Most of us spend the day glued to our phones for work and leisure, which puts a high demand on networks in densely populated urban areas. As the demand for high speed data continues to grow, mobile network speeds could be improved with the use of small base stations connected to home and business broadband. The idea is that base stations could be installed in homes and offices, serving not only the inhabitants but also any users passing by. It would fill holes in patchy service areas and boost the network speed for everyone. At the moment, this is being experimented with in several communities, such as around the Qualcomm campus in San Diego. Those walking or driving by the area receives a stronger signal and faster downloads. In the future, small base stations could be seen as more of a public entity rather than a private way to boost your signal at work or home.
A cost effective solution
Small cells are swiftly becoming an important trend in base station technology, and provide a way for businesses to boost their network speeds. They can also be used as a way for mobile network carriers to improve patchy service and create a more seamless service for all. Cost effective and efficient, if your business is in need of a major boost this option is well worth looking into.