CommScope has launched its global indoor wireless report, examining the building industry’s attitudes towards indoor cellular connectivity.

The report features a comprehensive review of CommScope’s global indoor wireless study. Carried out by Coleman Parkes, the study surveyed 600 European and US-based building managers, facilities managers, real estate managers and architects to glean greater insights into their understanding and attitudes towards the provision of indoor cellular coverage.

Today, there are an estimated two billion smartphone users globally, with an estimated 80 percent of mobile traffic originating or terminating within a building.

Despite this, only an estimated two percent of commercial buildings have dedicated technology to ensure strong and reliable mobile coverage and capacity indoors.

There are many potential reasons for this, and consumers and wireless operators have been surveyed many times about their needs and the current situation regarding indoor wireless. But what about the professionals responsible for designing, building and maintaining the world’s structures? What is their perspective and how do they see this problem being addressed?

This new report addresses these questions, as well as providing:

  • An analysis of the industry’s attitudes toward indoor wireless connectivity
  • Insights as to why the building industry doesn’t feel responsible for the provision of indoor cellular coverage
  • A comprehensive examination of the current barriers preventing wireless coverage
  • CommScope’s industry recommendations to overcome these obstacles

Dr. Ispran Kandasamy, global leader, Building Solutions, CommScope, said: “Today, people constantly scan their smartphones for breaking news, new messages and social media updates, all of which requires access to fast, secure and reliable connectivity. However, in many larger and more complex buildings, getting mobile coverage to tenants requires dedicated technology. With typically higher and often unpredictable volumes of people accessing the network from these types of buildings, many tenants are suffering from a lack of connectivity. Our report examines some of the concerns the industry has around addressing the cellular connectivity issue, and provides recommendations as to how it can move forward as part of a complex and changing environment.”