New help is on the way for big buildings with terrible cell reception: Ericsson’s new Radio Dot System. Designed to help boost cellular signal in buildings with hard-to-reach areas, the Dot consists of multiple small radio broadcasters placed in key locations.
The tiny disc-shaped broadcaster ‘Dots’ have a very compact design, weighing in at only 0.7 pound, which makes them remarkable easy to install. According to Ericsson, these tiny dots can support a cellular data speed of up to 150 Mbps, which is more than enough to support 4G speeds for all the mobile internet addicts out there. The Dots are not something you can expect to stick in your basement for better cell coverage though, as they currently exist as more of a large-scale enterprise solution, more suited for big office buildings and stadiums than homes.
Ericsson have stated that their mini cell signal boosters will work with all existing phone technologies and will of course be capable of supporting multiple users at the same time. Each of Ericsson’s Dots will be able to provide access to both mobile broadband and voice services, though it will not use a broadband network as a substitute as AT&T’s MicroCell femtocell does.
It is expected that cell phone users will be able to enjoy the signal-boosting effects of the Ericsson Radio Dot System by the second half of 2014.