Have you noticed places in your building where the signal breaks up? Areas where you have no signal at all? You’re not the only business owner to suffer. With increasing demand for data at high speed in real-time, your current systems may soon not cope at all, even when you’ve modernized your network. That’s why seamless indoor cellular coverage has become a top priority for all organizations. If this is you, you’ve probably wondered about DAS – a distributed antenna system.
In this post we’ll investigate DAS, what it is, how it works, and how you’ll benefit from installing it. First, though, why is the connectivity problem so much more evident today?
What’s The Problem With Connectivity?
New connectivity challenges have arisen in recent years and made our connectivity less than perfect. Mostly this is due to
- the worldwide growth in the number of internet users and
- the Internet of Things (IoT).
But why is this now also a larger problem indoors?
The reason is that in an indoor environment, the walls often act as barriers to radio frequency signals. This reduces signal strength and, in extreme cases, even blocks signals. But this is only the first of several problems!
In addition, the venue size, the number of people in it, and the amount of mobile usage they demand also influence the network quality.
It’s now a given, therefore, that you need to find a way to make your indoor cellular coverage flawless. The success of your business depends on it: Your employees need their devices to work and your customers need their phones to work in your venue for all sorts of reasons.
The best solution in your building will therefore most likely be to deploy a robust DAS system based on the right technology. This will give you the network performance, coverage, and capacity you need for the future.
We admit it sounds like a large, possibly expensive job. But you may be surprised at the ROI that’s possible if you install a well-designed DAS system.
So, if you already know you need help with your in-building cellular, do contact us for a discussion. Otherwise, let’s start by looking more closely at what DAS is and why it’s necessary.
What is DAS, and How Does it Work?
DAS is a network of antennas to distribute signals over a building to increase voice, data, and mobile connectivity.
As we indicated, it’s one of the best solutions to support multiple frequencies and carriers. The reason is that it
- extends the reach of the carrier signal,
- ensures coverage, and
- overcomes obstacles from building structure and architecture.
For those of you who like detail, DAS follows the principle of any antenna, which has two components: a source and a distribution system. The source supplies the signals to the distribution system, and the distribution system connects to the building through fiber optic cables. Let’s explain that a little.
The signal source is the element that determines the coverage area and the capacity of your in-building cellular. Since the source supplies the distribution system, your DAS performance depends on the signal performance of your source.
The distribution system:
Regardless of the DAS system’s signal source, the distribution system needs to amplify and distribute it through the building via a specific technology. This technology can be active, passive, hybrid, or digital.
Which Types of Buildings Benefit From DAS?
To put it bluntly, if you’re in any of the following industries, you most likely need to invest in efficient in-building cellular:
- shopping malls
- conference venues
DAS and 5G: a Successful Combination
The 5th generation of mobile technology is just beginning to achieve critical coverage worldwide and will soon be dominant, replacing the previous ones and bringing endless possibilities for business growth.
The relevance to our discussion is that leveraging 5G and its undoubted potential is now an option for many in-building cellular providers. This means that the digital version of DAS is developing in parallel with 5G’s increase in speed, and will directly impact how we work and interact with the world.
If you’re considering DAS, then, look out for which DAS a provider is offering you. The technical details can be a little obscure as to how exactly the system is set up. So asking questions becomes critical!
And the reason for asking questions about digital DAS and 5G is simply that a reliable and efficient DAS system will link directly forward to your staff’s productivity and your customers’ satisfaction! You need to be sure it will deliver a high performance of in-building connectivity with efficacy, simplicity, and speed.
The Advantages of DAS
Digital DAS offers many benefits.
1 It uses the fiber infrastructure to best advantage.
2 Digital DAS can be more flexible about the physical placement of the distribution.
3 It provides high capacity bandwidth wherever you need it.
4 It offers extensive in-building coverage.
5 It allocates centralized capacity over multiple buildings at high speed.
6 Digital DAS performs better and is less susceptible to interference because it centralizes and virtualizes baseband radio assets, a foundational concept for 5G networks.
7 In addition, the baseband capacity can effectively move into the cloud, allowing your business to grow as new technologies and applications come to market.
Ready to Deploy a DAS System For Your In-Building Cellular?
If you’re ready to set your company up for the future and invest in a system that will boost staff productivity and offer a better user experience to your clients, RFIP can help!
We understand that seamless indoor cellular coverage is no longer a luxury but a must-have in the corporate world to ensure you thrive. We have your back.
Our team of highly qualified technicians and Wi-Fi specialists has deployed DAS in many industries – including hospitals, large public venues, public safety, warehousing, oil and gas, hotels, and retail.
But most importantly, after surveying your site, we provide you with a customized turnkey in-building solution. No secondary teams, no sub-contracting.
In other words, we design, build, and support your DAS network from start to finish. Schedule a discovery call today to learn about our solutions.