Okay, so maybe this isn’t exactly “breaking news.” In fact, it’s the same thing Wilson has been telling the market for years. But now, there is a highly credible third party who has come to the same conclusion.
That third party is Andy Seybold (yes, THE Andrew Seybold) and he’s co-authored a white paper that expresses his views on mobile cell signal boosters. His views are, when designed and built correctly, cell signal boosters:
Work really well to improve weak signals for cellular customers, and
Don’t damage or interfere with cellular networks and infrastructure (like cell towers).
You may have heard of Andy through his consulting, research, writing, or speaking activities. Among his many other accomplishments, he’s the guy that the CTIA and the CEA (that’s Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association, and the Consumer Electronics Association) invite to their industry conferences to present the Seybold Wireless University.
At the University, Andy spends an entire day educating people who pay hundreds of dollars each to be there on the latest developments in the wireless industry. Safe to say he knows his cellular/wireless stuff.
The 15-page white paper, “In-Car Cellular Signal Boosters,” takes a detailed look at how the devices operate. Andy also identifies technical hurdles that Wilson has overcome to build in safeguards that protect cellular network infrastructure and cellular traffic from potential interference that can be caused by poorly designed boosters.
“There is no such thing as a perfect network and there never will be,” Seybold concludes in the report. “Radio waves bounce around and are absorbed by vegetation and buildings, and cell sites are shadowed by new buildings or terrain. Unfortunately, it takes a number of years to locate, design, and build new cell sites that will solve known coverage issues.
“Until such time as the networks are bulletproof (never) another tool to enhance customer satisfaction makes sense.”