Indoor wireless: A new frontier for IoT and 5G

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Indoor wireless coverage is essential to many IoT and 5G use-cases, but it’s also horribly difficult to achieve. With new entrants and changing user demands the power dynamics are shifting, and operators need to make strategic decisions now to avoid losing their stake in this market.


Format: PDF filePages: 36 pagesCharts: 11Author: Dean BubleyPublication Date: February 2018

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Likely outcomes
  • What telcos need to do
  • Introduction to Indoor Wireless
  • Overview
  • Where is indoor coverage required?
  • How much of a problem is indoor coverage?
  • The key science lesson of indoor coverage
  • The economics of indoor wireless
  • Not just cellular coverage indoors
  • Yet more complications are on the horizon…
  • The role of regulators and policymakers
  • Systems and stakeholders for indoor wireless
  • Technical approaches to indoor wireless
  • Stakeholders for indoor wireless
  • Home networking: is Mesh Wi-Fi the answer?
  • Is outside-in cellular good enough for the home on its own?
  • Home Wi-Fi has complexities and challenges
  • Wi-Fi innovations will perpetuate its dominance
  • Enterprise/public buildings and the rise of private cellular and neutral host models
  • Who pays?
  • Single-operator vs. multi-operator: enabling “neutral hosts”
  • Industrial sites and IoT
  • Conclusions
  • Can technology solve MNO’s “indoor problem”?
  • Recommendations

Table of Figure

  • Figure 1: Indoor coverage data is hard to find
  • Figure 2: Insulation impacts indoor penetration significantly
  • Figure 3: 3.5GHz 5G might give acceptable indoor coverage
  • Figure 4: Indoor wireless costs & revenues
  • Figure 5: In-Building Wireless face a dynamic backdrop
  • Figure 6: Key indoor wireless architectures
  • Figure 7: Different building types, different stakeholders
  • Figure 8: Whole-home meshes allow Wi-Fi to reach all corners of the building
  • Figure 9: Commercial premises now find good wireless essential
  • Figure 10: Neutral Hosts can offer multi-network coverage to smaller sites than DAS
  • Figure 11: Every industrial sector has unique requirements for wireless

Technologies and industry terms referenced include: 4G, 5G, enterprise, indoor, infrastructure, IoT, MNO, neutral host, private network, regulation, Small cells, Smart Home, spectrum, Strategy, verticals, wifi, wireless