Mobile network operator Three UK has partnered with connectivity infrastructure-as-a-service provider Freshwave on the operator’s initial deployments of the Neutral Host In-Building mobile specification.
After successful pilot projects at two buildings in London by flexible office provider Workspace and at the UK headquarters of a multinational in the capital, the approach has now been adopted by Three UK for its indoor 4G connectivity.
Eighty percent of cell phone calls come from indoors, but modern building materials like energy-efficient glass make it difficult for the outside macro signal to get inside. This leaves many buildings as dead zones for mobile signals, which can reduce business productivity and increase frustration. Small-cell systems in the building bring the network into the house with guaranteed quality of service without putting an additional load on the outside macro.
The Joint Operator Technical Specifications (JOTS) Neutral Host In-Building (NHIB) specification is a recent and world-leading innovation in the telecommunications sector. It is an agreed technical standard for connecting shared in-building radio solutions based on 4G small cell technologies. All four of the UK’s mobile network operators were involved in the creation of the specification and it reduces complexity around a neutral host offering indoor cellular coverage to businesses. Compliance with the JOTS NHIB specification allows a third party or “neutral host” to provide enterprise mobile services on behalf of one or more operators. The neutral host can provide this connectivity with its own choice of providers and devicespment.