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.
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.