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Understanding In-Building Cellular Solutions for Your Enterprise

    Understanding In-Building Cellular Solutions for Your Enterprise

    In-building cellular coverage is an essential resource for the modern enterprise. With a dedicated network covering the needs of an entire individual building for your company, in-building cellular provides reliability in the form of a consistent connection to clients and other businesses that Voice over WiFi (VoWiFi) can’t always promise.

    Imagine your sales team making a crucial call to close a deal, only to have a faulty connection lose the translation of important details and demonstrate a notion of unprofessionalism. Even commercial real estate owners can lose a lease or a renewal if brokers don’t see a consistent signal when touring the facility. The importance of a consistent connection for communication cannot be underestimated when considering the factors that make an enterprise successful.

    Particularly with the advent of the new levels of building efficiency promised by the internet of things (IoT) and the inevitable onset of 5G coverage, it is more important than ever to consider investing in in-building cellular. Solving for the requirements and implementation of in-building cellular, however, can be a difficult process. Existing carriers have limited capital resources that are typically reserved for high-profile customers, included stadia and major commercial buildings, leaving the rest to fend for their own in-building cellular needs. The enterprise must dedicate their resources to bring cost and complexity out of a broad range of solutions, including small cells, DAS (distributed antenna systems), and signal boosters.

    Here are two concepts that have been developed and employed to effectively implement in-building wireless and plan for the future of both the enterprise and the technology:

    • “The three Fs” – The CEO of ZinWave, Scott Willis, mentioned three key elements to the successful implementation of in-building wireless that he deemed “the three Fs”, which stands for all-fiber, full spectrum, and future ready. According to Willis, fiber “is a tool that we believe will not only meet today’s needs but meet the future’s need… An enterprise needs to know that the decision they’re making today is also going to be a good decision three years, five years, and even seven years down the road.” This statement combines the notion of two of the three points, while the full-spectrum aspect refers to the best solution being DAS, or a distributed antenna system, to emulate the coverage provided by the currently limited existing service carries. A DAS allows for more reliable and cost-effective coverage than single-antenna systems.
    • Cellular-as-a-service (CaaS) – Cellular-as-a-service is a term coined by John Spindler, the VP of Marketing and Product Management for Zinwave, and refers to a “pay as you go” model of in-building cellular “that shifts spending from capital expenditures to operating expenditures, thus enabling a lower cost of entry.” This incorporates a monthly charge for the wireless systems, removing the upfront costs of installation as well as downstream costs incurred by upgrades and changes to the system, “[removing] the risks of large capital outlays and investing in a solution which could undergo technology changes in a few years.”

    Want to learn more about in-building cellular solutions? Cadsourcing has experience in telecom drafting for in-building low voltage systems and fiber-optic cable routes, as well as many other telecommunications applications. Contact us today for more information.