ProjectIndoor coverage for mobile communications in modern energy-efficient buildings

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Indoor coverage for mobile communications in modern energy-efficient buildings

In short

This is a short overview of the project in English. Please refer to the Swedish version för project details and latest news.

Project description

We all expect to be connected to the Internet when we move into a new apartment or a house, whether in the city or in the rural area and regardless which operator subscription we have. Currently, a reliable mobile connection (especially a broadband one) inside a building cannot be taken for granted. The development and proliferation of sustainable housing introduces all better wall- and window isolation improving the overall energy-efficiency of the house. At the same time, this degrades the performance of mobile communication making difficult or sometimes impossible to access mobile Internet or make voice calls inside such buildings.

Despite that the problem is well-known among involved parts (residents, housing compnies, property owners, construction companies and mobile operators), no larger effort has been taken so far to resolve the problem.  Even though technical solutions exist for both indoor coverage and multi-operator support, the lack of appropriate business models hinders their practical implementation. This project will clarify the responsibilities and define roles of the different parts involved in the equation, elaborate  a functioning business model,  and stress-tests ecosystems for data and voice services delivered though mobile communication in newly-built energy-efficient residential houses. 

Goal of the project

Business models and solutions making end-users satisfied with their connected experience indoors in energy-efficient buildings regardless the operator.


The project is planning to test and evaluate perspective combinations of technical solutions and business models in a number of residential multi-tenant bulidings in the cities of Stockhom, Linköping, Malmö and Gothenburg. The first pilots are expected to be in drift in March 2016 and will run for ca 12 months.

Project partners

  • Acreo Swedish ICT AB
  • SP
  • ReWiCom Scandinavia
  • Ericsson
  • JM
  • SABO
  • Svenska Kooperativa Bostäder (SKB)
  • eCentret
  • Stockholms stad 
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