Virgin Media plans to use mini-masts in the home to overcome anticipated Wi-Fi signal overloads as an increasing number of mobile phones and other devices connect to the internet.
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As more pieces of household equipment connect to the internet to be managed remotely, Virgin Media expects Wi-Fi channels to become blocked and quality of service to decline, reports The Guardian.
To overcome this problem, Virgin Media is proposing using mini-masts, known as femtocells or nanocells, with a range of up to 100m.
The mini-masts could be used in homes, offices and public areas to boost Wi-Fi coverage. Virgin Media believes the mini-masts will provide better indoor coverage than traditional masts.
Research by Deutsche Telekom shows that even on smartphones, 45% of traffic is generated from homes, 45% from offices and only 10% from open spaces.