Put an End to Dropped Calls with a Cell Extender


Given that mobile connected devices now outnumber humans on the planet by a substantial margin, our romance with the world of digital communications, and with the smartphone in particular, is well-established, On occasions, however, our affection for the latter can be severely strained and may become something of a love/hate relationship. While the high-definition digital camera may continue to function through thick and thin and never fail their owners when there is an opportunity for a selfie, the primary function of these devices can often be less reliable, calling for the help of a cell extender.

Dropped calls can be a problem and, depending upon one’s location, they may occur all too frequently. There are a variety of explanations for these annoying disruptions but, with the aid of a suitable cell extender, they can invariably be overcome.


Many of the more rural areas of South Africa are simply too sparsely populated to justify the cost of a nearby base station and are beyond the reach of the nearest network tower. The same effect is frequently experienced on a transient basis when driving through such areas. In other cases, it could be the surrounding topography or the structural design of a building that is responsible for blocking or attenuating the cellular connection.


Known also as repeaters or signal boosters, these useful cell extenders are used to amplify both incoming and outgoing signals and so to restore normal voice and text communications, whatever the explanation for their interruption. Offering a range of solutions suitable for use in family homes, in small offices, and large buildings, as well as in vehicles, units are available for use with all of the GSM bands.


A typical cell extender is designed to capture a very particular cellular signal that is weak, and to amplify it before rebroadcasting it to devices within a building or a vehicle. To achieve this, three main components are required. The first of these is known as the donor antenna, and it will need to be installed by a window, outdoors on top of a building, or on the roof of a vehicle, so as to minimise any possible obstruction. The weak signal is then transported by a cable to an amplifier that boosts it before it is re-broadcast to any nearby mobile connected devices by the third component – an internal antenna. For outgoing calls, the process is reversed, boosting the signal sent to the cellular tower.


Individual installations often have unique requirements. To ensure that your solution both works and is cost-effective, professional help with the selection of equipment and setup could be crucial. Local experts, SSE Linkworld, offer world-class products from telecoms equipment specialist Amplitec, backed by professional site surveys, training, and support.


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