Mobile networks: underestimated factor for people in the office?

Logical: most people want job satisfaction. And conversely, companies also want people to be satisfied in the sense of employee retention. Not only the respective work content or company culture contributes to this, but also the real estate: according to CBRE, strengthening employer engagement is currently the second most important future field of an office landscape. One in two of 130 survey participants underlines the importance.

Every fifth company with a regularly failing network

An often underestimated factor here is the mobile phone quality in the building. This point actually sounds self-evident. And yet it is more often considered very relevant than the acoustics or furniture in the office – and also more often than a central location in the city centre and a corresponding quality of environment. Because in fact, every fifth company today regularly (!) has connectivity problems on its premises, i.e. week after week either a repeatedly striking internet or just a fickle mobile network.

Dissatisfaction with the employer

Stress, loss of productivity, demotivation and explicitly also resentment towards the employer are the consequences, as a survey shows. And anyone who has to interrupt a mobile phone call when entering an underground car park or who suddenly can no longer understand an important business partner on the mobile phone, just because they themselves move half a metre to the side in the office and there is inexplicably no reception there, knows that the survey is unfortunately correct. No one needs that! It’s unnecessary! This is so 1990! Companies that want to retain employees have to be 2021.

Testing and certification becomes more important

Against this background, properties are increasingly being subjected to a connectivity check even before the first companies move in as tenants. This is also the case with our DSTRCT.Berlin on Landsberger Allee opposite the Velodrom. For the digital infrastructure, we received a Platinum certification from the auditor WiredScore. This is the highest level that can be awarded for “best-in-class” connectivity in office buildings. Our tenants such as STRATO and home24 benefit from this high quality, sparing their employees unnecessary moments of excitement from the first day in the office, which probably all of us have experienced somewhere.

Connectivity in detail – digression for technology fans

For the WiredScore certification, the DSTRC.Berlin had to fulfil a variety of features covering four topics: 1. the infrastructure, 2. the fail-safety, 3. the radio and WLAN connection, and 4. the future-proofing of the building. The infrastructure provides, among other things, two diversified house connections for telecommunication cables that lead into the building in order to be able to connect it in different ways. This ensures that telecommunications remain active in the event of a line failure. Eight separate riser points enable vertical cable routing so that different cable paths can be used. In the event of damage, this minimises failures in cable routes or riser shafts. In addition, a large telecommunication room as well as a mains backup power supply are available, which increase the building’s fail-safety. In the office complex itself, a radio field measurement makes mobile phone reception transparent. Mobile phone amplification at potentially critical points improves reception, and free WLAN is also available in the common rooms. The coordination of two network operators, 1&1 Versatel and Colt, which have confirmed the start of operations, ensures the building’s future potential. There is also a telecommunications guide for all tenants, which contains essential information on the building’s digital infrastructure. This provides the flexibility needed to adapt the building to new types of technologies and applications over time.

HB Reavis Germany GmbH

Matthias Goßmann

Head of Leasing

+49 30 586 199 100



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