How to improve mobile coverage
One of the main problems of mobile telephony is poor coverage in some areas, especially rural or interior buildings. In addition, in some cases, especially in tourist resorts, there may be a situation of saturation of communications due to the number of people who are connected to the same antenna at the same time. All this complicates connectivity to mobile networks and access to the Internet through smartphones. However, there are alternative solutions that can, in part, alleviate the situation.
Mobile telephony operators, together with some manufacturers, have solutions that improve reception and coverage in areas with deficiency. One of the devices to achieve this objective are the so-called fentocells , marketed both for private users and for companies. They are mini-panels in the form of a panel that, when placed inside a home or a building, improve mobile coverage.
Phentocells work in the same way as a repeater or mobile phone antenna, by making mobile phones connect to them in the same way and bounce the signal. The communications would be made through the fentocelda and not from the mobile telephone antenna that was in coverage in the user’s area. However, fentocells need access to the Internet to be effective, so they must connect to an ADSL router or cable access so that all communications are issued through this type of connection.
An additional advantage, in addition to coverage, is that mobile phones improve the performance of your battery with phentocells, since the better the coverage, the less you consume. On the other hand, the price of calls may be lower, although it depends on the commercial offers of the operator that we have hired. On the contrary, the fentoceldas have negative aspects; One of them is that its range of coverage is limited, that is, it is oriented to improve coverage only in specific areas and is not a device that can be carried on, so they are only useful in areas that we occupy regularly.
It is necessary to acquire the fentocelda together with the contracted telecommunications operator
Also, you can not buy them for free. It is necessary to acquire the fentocelda together with the contracted telecommunications operator, since the mobile phone must be able to connect to its networks and its use is regulated by a monthly fee. According to current legislation, only operators can broadcast on the frequencies authorized for mobile telephony services. In Spain, operators such as Movistar and Vodafone have offered in the past the service of fentocells to their customers for a cost of between nine and fifteen euros per month, which was added to the cost of the device, which is around 300 euros. At present, no operator offers the service, but this option could be returned by Orange.
In the United States, however, these types of devices are quite common due to the orography of the country, the great distances between cities and poor coverage in densely populated areas. There are even some online stores, such as Repeater Store , specialized in the sale of signal amplifiers and antennas to improve coverage in buildings and homes as well as in mobility.
Another type of devices to improve the quality of the mobile telephone signal are the so-called “Signal boosters” or signal amplifiers. These devices, with a cost between 250 and 1,000 dollars , improve the reception of the mobile telephone signal through an external antenna and an amplifier. It is advisable to install them outside the home or the cabin where we want to have better coverage, since they work by air, like a television antenna or a radio.
The “signal boosters” can cause interference with other mobile phone signals
As a drawback, signal boosters can cause interference with other mobile telephony signals, by operating at nearby frequencies, and registering oscillations in the signal, which directly affects the quality of the coverage. For this reason, in the United States, the authorities are working on a new regulation for them that allows limiting their power, frequency of use and the distribution and sale channels, so that their commercialization and use does not interfere in the signal of other operators. .
Among the manufacturers of “signal boosters” Wilson figure. This company sells different devices to increase the signal. Among other devices, it has signal amplifiers for mobile phones designed for use in vehicles. In this way, users can improve coverage while traveling through rural areas or away from urban centers. Wilson has adapters for mobile phones such as the iPhone or Blackberry, with an estimated cost of $ 250.
Another manufacturer, Ubiquisys , has in its catalog fentocells for domestic, residential or business environments. Among other features, the technology developed by this company allows creating areas where the fentocelda does not act. In this way, users who use network operators, or who do not have the need to connect to the fentocelda, do not collapse it.