Cellular Location

Skyhook location software uses algorithms and cellular signals to seamlessly track the position of phones, wearables, asset trackers, and other cellular-connected devices, including ones that roam across multiple networks. With a number of flexible integration options, it provides accurate, precise positioning without excessive battery drain or hardware expenses. 

Skyhook cellular location can be utilized on its own or as part of a larger Precision Location hybrid positioning system intelligently combining Wi-Fi and GPS signals.  

How Skyhook cellular Location Works

See how Skyhook helps resolve location using cellular signals across a wide range of connected devices.

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Applications & Use Cases

Cellular positioning is often reliable in areas without Wi-Fi and in areas that GPS/satellite signals struggle to work, such as indoors or dense urban areas, making it effective for a wide range of uses that include:

Connected Wearables & mPERS Asset Trackers & Logistics Mobile Phones Chips & Modules ApplicationsMobile Device Management

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The Advantages of Skyhook’s Unique Approach to Cellular Location

Flexible Integration Options

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Flexible integration options include customizable SDKs, firmware, cloud APIs, and embedded solutions. This flexibility allows location to be integrated at the network, hardware, chipset, application, or operating system level, and has helped establish Skyhook as a leading provider of chipset and drop-in location replacement solutions. 

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Zero Battery Impact

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Many devices are constantly in contact with cell towers in order to maintain connectivity. Skyhook software can use the same signals to determine device location, with zero incremental impact on battery life.

Backed by a Massive Global Location Network

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Skyhook software intelligently taps into a global location network with more than 200 million cellular IDs and a suite of tools and APIs to position connected devices with accuracy and precision.

White Glove Service from a Location Pioneer

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Skyhook pioneered mobile location since the first generation of smartphones; we have deployed nationwide U-TDOA E-911 networks for AT&T and T-Mobile. Our knowledgeable team provides always-on support throughout the entire relationship. We customize each location solution to deliver the accuracy and features you need, without forcing you to pay for those you don’t.

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Technical Advantages

Cellular positioning is a highly effective and configurable approach for devices built without hardware to support GNSS or Wi-Fi positioning. It also provides longer battery and device life when GPS-level accuracy is not necessary.


Standalone crowd-sourced ECID positioning methods with global coverage, in accordance with the 3GPP TS 38.305 technical specification.

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Works for all location techniques (TOA, AOA, RTT) and network types (Cat-1, Cat-M, NB-IoT, LoRaWAN, GSM, CDMA, LTE, and UMTS).


SIM and eSIM integration options enable approaches like multilateration, signal strength, and timing measurements.

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Integration options to support Wi-Fi/Cell network-only or hybrid location results.

Add Value to Devices with Cellular Location

Learn about Precision Location software using cellular signals. See the solutions sheet for benefits, tech specs, and integration options.   

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