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A very familiar phrase that is heard in most homes, public buildings, and offices…
It is annoying is it not? With all the latest modern technology at our disposal, and our overall reliance on many of our devices is now greater than ever, we still struggle to get that mobile signal when it is needed the most.
The reason behind this is associated with our increasing demands for better energy efficiency which is mainly determined by materials that are used to construct buildings. More notable for insulation and strength.
The networks for mobile phones use radio-waves that communicate between transmitters and devices. However, unlike radio or TV, where a transmitter is only sending the signal in a single direction to a receiver, these devices use two-way communication. Mobile devices rely on signals from either side that is strong enough so that it reaches another party.
We have the solution…
What Are The Barriers To Mobile Phone Signals?
A mobile phone signal operates at various frequencies, and these are called bands. These bands are divided and then auctioned by Ofcom to carriers, better known as services providers. In the UK these service providers go by the names of O2, Vodafone, Three, and EE. There are also various Mobile Virtual Network Operators in addition to these, like Giff Gadd, Virgin Mobile, Tesco Mobile, etc. The MVNOs use one or more of these carrier networks.
High frequencies are susceptible to obstruction. It is easy to see or notice this with the latest WiFi installation, where a 2.4Ghz band is able to penetrate walls and reach further than a more modern 5Ghz band. Below are some of the common examples of the things that are prone to blocking mobile signals.
Especially the steel-reinforced concrete. Found in just about every office across the globe, concrete is known for absorbing radio waves and allowing very minimal amounts through. Once the steel mesh is added it creates a strong signal blocker.
- Coated Glass
Plain glass does not block radio waves. Unfortunately, the more modern versions of glass are backed by materials that reflect heat which may increase thermal efficiency, but also reflects mobile signals. Those fancy tall buildings with panoramic-glass fronts may look phenomenal, but they are also significant obstructions to mobile signals.
- Foiled-Backed Insulation
The Kingspan or Celotex foam style is compacted between aluminum foil layers. It is a fantastic insulator and helps to keep buildings and homes warm. But this foil is also highly reflective when it comes to phone signals. The foam is also highly absorbent.
The current solutions:
Some are obviously better when compared to others…
- Stand By A Window
This is one of the easiest ways to get a better signal, but it is not always practical. This approach has been used for a number of years in offices and homes. This involves finding the exact spot where your signal is better and then standing very still.
It is not exactly conducive to good conversations. It may be distracting other people in the office if your “sweet spot” is close to another person’s desk. It can also be incredibly frustrating or even time-consuming to have to get up from your desk to get to a window each time your phone rings.