Since more than 80% of all mobile traffic originates indoors, according to Cisco’s Visual Network Index Report, wireless connectivity services for smartphones inside buildings are critical.
In- building wireless voice services, providing voice calling on smartphones, is of the highest priority for the residents’ comfort and safety. Often, especially in LEED Certified buildings, cellular signal does not penetrate from outdoors.
That’s when Wi-Fi calling comes in. Also known as VoWiFi- the future of voice.
What is VoWiFi/Wi-Fi Calling?
Wi-Fi Calling is a service for smartphones providing the ability to make and receive phone calls over a Wi-Fi connection. Wi-Fi calling is a cost-effective voice solution that doesn’t require much but a simple set-up process on a mobile phone. VoWiFi solves the in-building voice problem and is supported by all major cellular carriers and offers residents fast Wi-Fi internet access. A survey conducted by Global Wireless Solutions finds that, “among the survey respondents, 88% who had used Wi-Fi calling said that it worked as well or better than cellular.”
Surprisingly, we found that some consumers still have never heard of Wi-Fi calling. According to GWS, “only 25% of those surveyed said they were using Wi-Fi calling “often,” compared to 32% who responded that they either had never heard of Wi-Fi calling or didn’t know how to turn it on.” To bridge the gap Spot On Networks provides Wi-Fi Calling and Data network for apartment complexes.
Problem Solved: Spot On’s hybrid Wi-Fi Calling and Data network.
We use a patented technology known as Tessellated Grid Design that uses a three-dimensional checkerboard approach to the location of access points, the level of the output signal and the channel, to enforce a cellular type reuse pattern. By deploying in this fashion in a multi-family residential building, we provide redundancy in case of access point failure, and interference is lessened.
Using our unique platform, one other benefit is devices move through coverage areas seamlessly with handoff from access point to access point. This was a major advantage of a managed Wi-Fi service since voice calls that were connected remain connected as the user moves through the building, unlike standard telephone or cable company Wi-Fi router. Once a user registers a device for Wi-Fi Calling the first time, no further registration is required. The phone makes the determination of whether to use cellular frequencies or Wi-Fi frequencies depending upon the quality of the signal.
In addition, Spot On Networks handles all billing and subscription administration services and share the revenue with the building owner. It’s a win/win for the building owner and residents. The chart below describes how cost-effective Wi-Fi calling is in comparison to other voice solutions.