MANILA, Philippines – Smart Communications Inc. has started testing a device that boosts mobile reception to eliminate the problem of “dead spots.”
The signal-boosting device, Cel-Fi, is a gadget that can improve signal strength of mobile phones and tablets in enclosed spaces inside homes and offices.
“Cel-Fi offers a lot of promise because it functions much like a personal cell site and boost the network performance in corners where signal strength is challenged,” Smart co-founder and chief wireless advisor Orlando Vea said.
Cel-Fi boosts signal strength by tapping and amplifying at least one bar of available 3G signal, thus improving both 3G and 4G HSPA+ mobile connectivity in a specific area.
“As the leader in wireless services, Smart has continually been on the lookout for new technologies that can enhance the consumers’ mobile experience and offer the best value for them,” said Vea.
The US-designed Cel-Fi is a plug-and-play device that can handle 60 simultaneous calls and support high-speed connections reaching 42 Mbps in an area of up to 1,200 square meters.
The device is used by 120 mobile operators worldwide.