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The complete guide to in-building mobile signal boosting proof of concept (POC)

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As we move towards greener, smarter commercial buildings in and around our cities, we must find a way to solve the physics problem to improve in-building mobile signals. In our ever-on, always-connected world, green building materials interfere with RF (radio frequency) transmitting to building antennas and block mobile signals.

So, with more suppliers entering the market, claiming they can solve your problem of poor in-building mobile coverage, how do you ensure you are investing in a solution that will really make a difference to your business?

What is a proof of concept?

A proof of concept (POC) is a demonstration that is designed to test the feasibility of a concept or idea. It is used in the early stages of a project to assess whether a particular technology or approach will work as intended.

The goal of a proof of concept is to provide evidence that the concept can be implemented in a practical way and that it has the potential to solve a particular problem or meet a specific need.

Overall, a proof of concept is a valuable tool for validating ideas and minimising risk before investing significant resources in a full-scale implementation.

A supplier providing you with a POC should clearly understand what problems they are solving. For example, the poor mobile signal within certain areas, or throughout a commercial building.

An in-depth survey should uncover any critical issues that would cause the solution to fail and demonstrate how the solution will benefit the business and why it is worth the investment.

Why is having a proof of concept important for businesses?

Having a proof of concept is important for several reasons:

  1. Demonstrating Feasibility: A POC will identify potential risks and obstacles with the proposed solution rather than uncover issues once the solution is installed. This reduces the risk of investing in a product that may not work.
  2. Attracting Investors: A POC can attract potential investors by providing evidence that the concept is worth investing in.
  3. Testing the Market: A POC enables the business to test the market and gather feedback from users before making any significant investment. The feedback can also help to refine the concept and improved the chances of success.

What should a proof of concept process include?

A proof of concept for an in-building mobile signal solution would typically include the following components:

  1. Objective: The objective of the POC is to demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed solution and validate its potential benefits.
  2. Scope: The POC should define the scope of the solution, including the areas to be covered and the expected number of users.
  3. Technical details: The POC should include technical details such as the type of equipment required, the network architecture, and the signal strength measurements.
  4. Data collection: The POC should collect data on signal strength, data transfer rates, and call quality before and after the implementation of the proposed solution.
  5. Performance testing: The POC should include testing to ensure the solution meets the required voice and data quality standards, reliability, and coverage.
  6. Cost analysis: The POC should include a cost analysis to determine the solution’s financial viability and assess whether it provides value for money.
  7. Conclusion: The POC should summarise the findings and recommendations for further development, if necessary.

Overall, the purpose of a POC for an in-building mobile signal solution is to demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed solution and validate its potential benefits, including improved signal strength, data transfer rates, and call quality. It should also clearly indicate the costs and potential return on investment associated with the solution.

What are the next steps after POC?

After a successful proof of concept for an in-building mobile signal-boosting solution, the next steps would typically include the following:

  1. Detailed planning: A detailed plan should be developed based on the findings of the proof of concept. This plan should include a breakdown of the costs and timelines associated with implementing the solution.
  2. Design and engineering: The next step is to begin the design and engineering process once the plan is in place. This may involve working with vendors or contractors to select the appropriate equipment and develop the necessary infrastructure.
  3. Installation and testing: Once the equipment has been selected and the infrastructure has been developed, the next step is to install the equipment and conduct thorough testing. This testing should include comprehensive signal strength, data transfer rates, and call quality evaluation to ensure the solution meets the required standards.
  4. Commissioning and optimisation: Once the system has been installed and tested, it will need to be commissioned and optimised. This involves fine-tuning the system to ensure that it is performing at peak efficiency.
  5. Ongoing maintenance: Finally, it is important to establish a maintenance plan to ensure that the system continues to perform at optimal levels. This plan should include regular inspections, maintenance, and updates to ensure the system remains up-to-date and reliable.

Overall, after a proof of concept for an in-building mobile signal-boosting solution, the goal of the next steps is to ensure that the system is implemented and maintained to ensure optimal signal strength, data transfer rates, and call quality.

Why choose a Nextivity CEL-FI solution delivered by Simpli-Fi for your in-building mobile solution?

  1. We partner with the best manufacturers: Simpli-Fi has partnered with Nextivity to solve poor mobile coverage problems using Nextivity’s intelligent mobile signal-boosting technology, delivered through our expert team of engineers.
  2. Proven track record: Nextivity has a proven track record of producing high-quality mobile signal-boosting solutions that are reliable and effective.
  3. Innovative technology: Nextivity’s CEL-FI solutions use innovative technology to boost mobile signals without interfering with other wireless systems.
  4. Easy installation: Nextivity’s CEL-FI solutions are easy to install and can be up and running quickly with minimal disruption to your operations.
  5. Flexible design: Nextivity’s CEL-FI solutions are designed to be flexible and scalable, allowing you to expand your system as your needs grow easily.
  6. Compliance: Nextivity’s solutions are fully compliant with Ofcom and other regulatory requirements.
  7. Performance: 
    1. CEL-FI Signal Boosters work to strengthen poor mobile signal coverage by up to four times, offering a massive 100dB gain (GO X, QUATRA units) which is 1000 x stronger than traditional boosters.
    2. The Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) is comparable to that of a smartphone, making them equally harmless to human health and the environment.
    3. They boost  3G / 4G / 5G signal at the same time.
    4. CEL-FI solutions enhance the mobile signal in indoor areas from small offices to larger commercial buildings, including warehousing, manufacturing plants,  retail environments and storage facilities. 
    5. Boosting mobile signal in how CEL-FI units operate, apart from reduced dropped calls, also means improved voice clarity and streaming, faster downloads, and improved battery life for the devices benefiting from them.

Why choose to partner with Simpli-Fi to deliver your mobile signal-boosting solution?

  1. Consultation and surveys: Our expert project managers and engineers will consult with your team, survey your premises and design the best mobile signal-boosting solution for your requirements.
  2. Proof of Concept: Simpl-Fi has a refined POC process to ensure you and your investors are confident in our recommended solution.
  3. Expert installation: From installation to ongoing support, our team of engineers offers UK-wide coverage, whatever the site location, delivering expert, reliable service to keep you connected.
  4. Ongoing support: Once installed, we will provide ongoing managed services and digital performance monitoring and apply automatic updates to support any network changes in your area.

Overall, partnering with Simpli-Fi to deliver a Nextivity CEL-FI system for your in-building mobile signal boosting solution can provide you with a reliable, effective, and easy-to-use solution that can help you to improve mobile signal strength, data transfer rates, and call quality in your building.

Read how Simpli-Fi helped BIRMINGHAM UNIVERSITY with their in-building mobile signal boosting.


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As founder of Simpli-Fi, Gary's knowledge of cutting-edge networks and technology solutions is second to none. Gary has worked on countless projects over the years, from straightforward connectivity projects to complex, large-scale networking projects across multiple buildings.

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