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Digitalized Indoor Solution Makes Airports Smarter and Enables Better Connected Travel Experience

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Report Summary:

Trip Barometer’s survey results indicate that 87% of global travelers use mobile devices while traveling. Increasing travel is expected to further stimulate data usage. Travelers hope to stay connected and use their own smart devices while travelling, including their time at the airport. Meanwhile, passengers are increasingly demanding new airport services – such as flight updates, bag collection notification, navigation, etc. – over their smart phones. Airport operators can also leverage wireless connectivity in and around their airport buildings to improve efficiency and productivity. Therefore good indoor wireless broadband coverage is becoming a ‘must-have’ requirement not only for passengers but also for airport operators.

Even though Wi-Fi has been widely deployed in airports worldwide, Wi-Fi is not enough to meet all requirements from passengers and airports. Indoor cellular broadband coverage is still required to guarantee traveler’s experience and support the operation of airport and airlines. Digitalized indoor coverage solutions – such as Huawei’s LampSite or Ericsson’s Radio Dot – can accelerate deployment and improve network capacity cost effectively. These are unique advantages than traditional Distributed Antenna System (DAS) and have been proven in live deployments.

Integrated with new Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) intelligence, digitalized indoor solutions can also become a service enabling platform. Cellular service providers or facility owners – such as airport operators – can now provide innovative services and optimize their own operations using real-time information obtained from indoor coverage systems. Operators can further open these MEC platforms to 3rd party partners to enable new business models. Both cellular service providers and real estate owners are beginning to explore the opportunity.

To summarize - digitalized indoor coverage solutions can not only provide reliable in-building mobile broadband connectivity but can also enable new services and new business models. When deployed in airports, such solutions can make airport smarter and provide passengers better connected travelling experience. 

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Wireless Broadband Has Become a ‘Must-Have’ Requirement for Airports

Innovative Solutions Needed for Future Mobile Broadband Demand at Airports

  • Wi-Fi is not enough
  • Challenges for DAS
  • Small Cells offer a better alternative

Indoor Digitalization Providing Connectivity and Enabling New Services

  • Adding Value with Services as well as Coverage

Indoor Digitalization Proven in Live Deployments


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