A LinkedIn poll by Property Week on behalf of independent owner and operator of wireless communications infrastructure – Shared Access – has revealed the importance placed on mobile connectivity when it comes to weighing up factors involved when leasing space.
Following on from a recent survey by WiredScore, the poll asked those in the industry to name the % of respondents who named ‘Mobile Network Coverage’ as a key consideration when leasing space, with options of 17%, 37%, 57% and 77% provided.
Only half (51%) of the 243 respondents named the correct answer -77% - as a top priority, after location.
Tenant experience is driving the industry to become a total service provider, with a major requirement for positive tenant experience being ‘always-on’ connectivity.
From an environment standpoint, whilst the drive for sustainability in commercial real estate is of course good news for the planet, it is bad news for indoor mobile signal.
Modern building materials, such as energy-efficient glass, tend to block outdoor mobile signal. This makes an in-building network necessary for those inside to be able to use their mobiles. A building that is a mobile signal dead zone can reduce productivity for the occupiers, as well as diminish the value and ability to attract tenants for the owner.
There are now more options than ever for ensuring that everyone can access the 4G and 5G mobile connectivity they need, whether it means the occupier fronting the cost, the landlord, or a combination of the two.
This shared cost and sequential mobile coverage system installation approach to solve real estate coverage would seem to make financial sense to both parties, as no one party is overburdened with the cost.