I work for a film company who is going to be doing extensive work in remote places which = poor reception. Upon checking out the are there are pockets where you can get reception, Tops of hill etc. My question is. Is it possible to obtain some kind of repeater/booster that can be set up at our unit base camp that will relay/boost peoples cells in the vicinity ergo: bouncing our mobile signals out. I know im probably dancing dangerously close to the idea of a commercial cell tower but i need something realatively obtainable that we can say park somewhere that has reception that our cell phones will be able to route through.
Sorry if that makes no sense or waffles too much, if anyone has any ideas or can point me in the right direction it would be greatly appreciated.
We also need net access and I was thinking that putting a CDMA/GSM type modem somewhere that has cell reception, installing a booster on that and having that whole rig hooked into a Wireless AP that would service the camp. Would that be the easiest solution or is there some awesome pro "Congo" satellite ninja way of hooking into the internet when your in the middle of the wop wops
I don't know about Telecom (and outdoors), but Vodafone installed a couple of repeaters for us at work (we paid for them) so that we could get reception inside our factory. They each have a high gain yagi antenna to talk to the cellsite and 4 omnidirectional antennas to talk to the phones.
Might pay to have chat with them to see what they can offer/do.
In regards to the Yagi, is that contigent on having line of site to the cellsite or is the general direction good enough. I know they have a narrow beam width. But that kind of setup would be ideal having the localised repeaters. The only issue really is somehow making it portable as we will be shooting in different locations and the Yagi will have to be positioned each time and if directional finding/configuration is a major chore each time you move it becomes a bit of a hassle when your moving location 2 or 3 times a month.