Prague-based T-Mobile Czech Republic and AGC Glass Europe have successfully completed initial tests of a new type of antenna for what are being termed ‘WAVEATTOCH’ mobile networks — which are designed to be installed directly on glass facades or windows of houses. With T-Mobile CR looking to improve coverage and increase the capacity of mobile networks, including 5G, the deployment of WAVEATTOCH is seen as a means of achieving this, especially in historic city centres, where the standard placement of conventional antennas on the walls of houses is unsuitable.
In a press release, the mobile network operator (MNO) noted: ‘The antennas were tested together with another original solution – WAVETHRU thermal insulation window glass, the surface of which is specially modified for easier passage of the mobile signal. The WAVETHRU reduces the attenuation of the mobile signal ten to a hundred times (depending on the frequency band of the signal) while maintaining all its key thermal insulation properties. The novelty has the potential for use not only in the construction industry, but also in other buildings where thermal insulation glass with a metallised layer is used – for example, in modern railway wagons.’