(Note: The following has been submitted as a
guest post to CommScope Blogs by David Eckell, Emerging Technologies & CIG
Market Manager, Graybar. Opinions
and comments provided in this guest post, as with all posts to CommScope Blogs,
are that of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of CommScope.)
world of indoor mobility has changed considerably over the past few years. There
was a time when the mobile carriers were focused on spending capital for distributed
antenna systems (DAS)
infrastructure in large venues and commercial buildings. Remember the
coverage wars on television?
CLICK TO TWEET: Building owners are left wondering how they can keep pace with the growth of mobile usage. Graybar's David Eckell explains in this blog.
overall brand sentiment of being connected in public spaces and large buildings
was undoubtedly a part of that capital spending. However, now that carriers
have shifted their spend away from individual sites into densifying the macro network outside of the
building, many building owners are left wondering how they can keep pace with
the growth of mobile usage.
can be overwhelming:
I put in a DAS?
is this small cell that I keep hearing about?
can’t I just put in some boosters?
solutions, their costs and the complexity of the installation cause many
building owners to merely ignore the growing connectivity challenges and focus
on other things.
its core, the fundamental decision comes down to how challenging is the system
to maintain and how much is it to deploy this solution. Thankfully, DAS
technology has evolved to accommodate these realities. Indoor DAS
is embracing virtual environments and converged infrastructure much like the IT
world did more than a decade ago. Thanks to C-RAN or Cloud Radio
Access Networks, many functions previously performed by purpose-built hardware
can now be done on a virtual instance on a server. Also, rather than having to
pull coaxial cable that is suitable only for a DAS network, new systems operate
over fiber and category cable that is already prevalent in the network.
machines, fiber optics and category cable – now we’re talking the IT manager’s
language. The great thing about these changes is now the cost model for these
systems is entirely different and manageable. Infrastructure ROI includes not
just the life of the product but re-use of infrastructure for standard IT
not dust off those mobility infrastructure plans and get together with your
CommScope and Graybar representatives
to see how we can help with your mobility needs?
in-building wireless coverage do you need?