Transparent glass antennas tested to lower signal attenuation
T-Mobile Czech Republic and AGC have successfully completed initial testing of WAVEATTOCH, an innovative antenna for mobile networks.
The antenna was designed for easy installation directly on glazed facades. Once installed, it helps to improve the quality of coverage and the capacity of mobile networks, including 5G, especially in historic city centres, where installing conventional antennas on the walls of houses is inappropriate.
Since it is made of glass and therefore transparent, the WAVEATTOCH antenna blends discretely into urban landscapes.
Meeting the capacity requirements of existing mobile networks and future 5G technologies, especially in densely populated areas, is a major challenge for operators.
Installing conventional antennas on walls is not only time-consuming and costly but often impossible due to rules designed to protect cultural heritage in historic city centres. To that end, T-Mobile joined forces with AGC to test the latter’s innovative glass antenna.
The antennas were tested together with another AGC solution: WAVETHRU, a thermal insulation window glass whose surface has been processed to enable radio signals to more efficiently penetrate into and circulate within buildings.
WAVETHRU reduces signal attenuation through the glass by a factor of 10 to 100 (depending on the frequency band of the signal), while retaining its key thermal insulation properties.
The solution has potential applications not only in the building industry but also in other situations where thermal insulation glass with a metallic coating is used and connectivity is required, for example in modern railway cars.