Why Indoor Network Coverage Continues to Be a Problem
GT Partner Team
Aren't you tired of screaming and hearing other people yell over the phones while they're in their houses or malls? That's why call drops and voice breaking over calls are two of the most raised concerns. Well, with over 337 million smartphone users in India, network congestion is a genuine issue.
So when the mobile operator's customer care executive tells you that the issue is with your smartphone, doesn't that boil your blood? The reasons provided aren't 100% accurate, but there's some merit to them.
Airtel aims to solve those indoor call drops and network stability woes with an entirely new 4G LTE 900 technology. The company is furthering the reach of its 4G LTE network with the new 900MHz band that will significantly improve the quality of network inside office buildings, malls, and residential premises.
So you'll enjoy uninterrupted HD calling and Voice Over LTE services. You must wonder why Airtel is introducing a new LTE 900 technology now and how will it help reduce the call drops and other connectivity issues indoors. Let's address a few fundamental challenges that Airtel's LTE 900 MHz spectrum ban is addressing.
Indoor Network Coverage Is Still a Problem
Most of the times, network issues may arise because there are too many smartphones and wireless devices in a typical household. That usually ends up clogging the spectrum leading to network congestion in lower frequency bands. Whether you have a couple of 4G LTE capable smartphones in the house, every device adds up to the population.
Too many buildings and thicker walls scatter the wavelengths, and that's why your smartphone works twice as hard to get a signal. And that eventually leads to weaker network and battery life drain.
Adding to that high-rise buildings, thick-walled office premises, dense trees, and other structures make it difficult for cellular connectivity to spread out evenly. And if you step into a mall, the chances are that you're likely to experience at least one call drop or someone telling you that your phone is out of coverage area.
And you must've experienced the frustration of getting a taxi just because your phone won't have a faster data speed or the driver couldn't get through your number.
How Is Airtel's LTE 900 Technology Going to Solve the Problem?
One of the most significant challenges at the technological level is the availability of bandwidth. The volume of 4G LTE users continues to grow at a massive rate. That's why 4G LTE services offering mobile operators are running short of LTE coverage to handle the rapidly increasing userbase.
While another spectrum bid could turn costly the company, and that cost will trickle down to the end users eventually. So Airtel has worked out a smart way to use an existing 900MHz band. Now you must be itching to know how on earth is Airtel going to provide 4G LTE services on the same frequency band that supports GSM and UMTS?
Well, Airtel has deployed a unique solution for the 900MHz which can handle and dynamically allocate resources according to mobile user location and traffic demand. The multi-band solution comprising of LTE 900 would work smartly with the growing GSM and UMTS spectrum.
How Will the New LTE 900 Technology Benefit You?
Of course, you would want to know what you must need to enjoy this new technology.
A Capable Smartphone
A majority of phone makers are releasing handsets that support the 4G Band 8 (LTE 900MHz). So if your smartphone doesn't support that LTE band, then you're out of luck. It's only wise to upgrade to one that does to reap the benefits. So finally you'll get to enjoy seamless transition of making voice calls anywhere.
Dedicated Faster LTE Network Indoors
Airtel's LTE 900 technology will work as a dedicated band for better indoor LTE network coverage to deliver improved data speeds and calling quality. Whether you want to stream a cricket match on Airtel TV or host a critical emergency call, you no longer have to worry about connectivity or the quality of the connection.
So far, many have been using dedicated indoor signal boosters which won't improve the quality as significantly as the new dedicated frequency band for an indoor network. Also, the signal boosters isn't a feasible solution for a common man.
Reduced Network Congestion
If you live in an area surrounded by high-rise buildings, trees, and other obstructions, you won't have to scream out loud or get annoyed by the random call drops. Since your phone will be switching to the dedicated LTE 900MHz band, you will face lesser congestion compared to the other rapidly populating LTE Band 3 and LTE Band 40.
Also, the seasoned 2G/3G network that does the heavy-lifting of voice traffic can offload some of its users there and heave a sigh of relief. So even 2G and 3G network users can experience some gradual decongestion — of course, it will happen over time and not overnight.
That means you will be able to enjoy uninterrupted voice calls and better data speeds indoors too. Also, your office or building premises will not have to invest in a signal boosting solution. So no additional hardware required there too!
Eradicating the Urban Chaos
Airtel's LTE 900 purely aims to provide enhanced indoor network connectivity for voice calling with better clarity and consistency. It addresses the densely populated urban areas with higher smartphone per person density. Also, it includes sparsely populated ones with a lot of trees and natural structures that obstruct the wavelengths.
Whether you are an iPhone user or you own the Redmi Note 7 Pro, you'll no longer have to step out of buildings or stand at the windows to make or answer calls. Unfortunately, you will no longer be able to make the excuse of calls dropping or poor voice quality to avoid someone.
All you need is a compatible smartphone and an Airtel 4G SIM to get started.