If you are running a business or a building owner that has to deal with poor cell signal strength in the office space, then you would be walking about scratching your head on how to solve the issue. The frustration of not only your own but also the tenants must be echoing across the halls, especially those who expected decent cell coverage as being a part of their lease- I mean who wouldn’t expect at least that nowadays?
In the interconnected day and age such as the one we are part of, having a poor cell connection is unacceptable. The case is certainly made even stronger for tenants who are parting ways with their hard-earned money and receiving god-awful reception. There are countless business operations and functions that rely on a strong signal. The slow load speeds dropped calls, and unclear voice quality of the calls can create havoc with your businesses- both within the company and also with the customers.
Lack Of A Good Cell Signal Can Spell Trouble
The days of intercom and landline are nothing but memories of the distant past. Business teams rely on using the robust connectivity and solid interface of communication platforms such as Google Hangouts, Skype, Zoom and many more, along with several cloud-based platforms such as Microsoft’s Office 365. The common link between all of them is the need for solid connectivity.
When connectivity is hampered, so does the employee satisfaction and the efficiency of business operations and they take a turn for the worse. Furthermore, customers and clients have greater trouble connecting with you. Your employees may struggle to get the personal details of clients or prospects when they come down to you, such as a lawyer or a mortgage banker, for instance.
There is nothing more irritating than clicking on a document to load and then having a “page failed to load” message flash across the screen.
Having a Wi-Fi connection is an option, but not a great one. The coverage may be limited- if someone were to step out of the office for a phone call or were to stray away from the router, then it is as good as you not having a signal. Plus, the bandwidth is also severely limited and the more the number of users, the slower it becomes for everyone.
What Could Cause The Slow Cell Phone Reception?
It doesn’t matter if it is a dead zone or an issue that is plaguing every single user in the building. The construction and design of the building are culprits. What many may not know is that building materials can eat into the strength of the cell signal, by absorbing it or even redirecting the path of the cell signal.
It doesn’t matter if your office building is surrounded on all fours by cellular towers and you are drop center in an urban setting- building materials will play spoilsport. Many of the modern buildings that are erected are energy efficient which inhibits cell phone signals.
Steps To Take
The first and foremost step is to identify the areas in the building where the cell signal strength is the weakest, also where they are the strongest. Rather than sticking to the cell signal bars on your phone, switch to the settings and read the strength of the signal in dB(decibels), in what is called the ‘field test mode’. The reason is that the number of bars is entirely subjective- 3 bars of an AT&T service may be the same as the 4 bars of a Verizon service.
The most reliable method is to bring on board a professional that will perform a comprehensive site survey by means of a professional-grade signal meter. These meters will detect and accurately display the strength of the signal frequency, the strength and the bandwidth, under all conditions.
How To Improve The Signal Strength In Office Buildings?
The good news is that this issue is one that many office buildings have and there are solutions that can help you boost the strength of the cell signal- using a cell phone signal booster or a cell phone booster. For larger office spaces you may need to make use of a passive DAS (Distributed Antenna System) technology-this will boost the cell signal throughout your office building.
Passive DAS systems will capture the cell signals from the outside, amplify them to a degree of more than 32 times. These boosted signals are then broadcasted again within the building, and the resulting signal strength is as strong as it can be.
The best thing about a Passive DAS is that it is carrier agnostic- This means that anyone within the building can access the boosted signal, irrespective of the cellular carrier that they are using. It is an effective & affordable option for building owners and office building managers.