DAS (Distributed Antenna System) Amenity? Necessity?

Feb 05, 2018

Written by: Chad Peterson, Communication Systems Specialists

This article was written in January 2018 for the 2018 Quarter One newsletter.

As a Riser Management contractor with Property Managers as clients, we are frequently asked to provide guidance on new technology items impacting the property or tenants, DAS is one of them. In fact, with the major football event in town next month, we have heard more about DAS than ever before. Well, what is it? Do you need one? Who pays for it?

What is DAS? A means to extend and distribute RF signals within a property and connect to the cellular networks and Public Safety systems. A series of antennas are installed and connected to a base station which in turn is connected to carrier systems via the internet.

Do you need one? I would ask yourself a few questions. Are you losing tenants based on the cellular coverage within your buildings? Are leasing agents inquiring about cell coverage in RFQs? Did you recently upgrade your windows to Low-E? If you answered yes to any of the questions, you certainly should be considering one. Wireless is now considered the fourth utility by many and poor signal quality is no longer acceptable. The next wave of wireless technology, 5G will require even higher density of antennas. The higher the frequency and shorter wavelength will require more antennas to distribute signal and be less likely to penetrate into the building. While this is expected to still be a few years away i the United States, it is on the horizon for sure. Some estimates show 2022 before 5G is fully deployed. Low-E glass, "the best friend of DAS systems." It's a reflective substance and as such does not allow the cellular signal to penetrate very far into the building. This will be even more of an issue with higher frequency 5G systems.

Who pays for it? Not long ago the carriers were spending money to install systems within buildings in an effort to stay ahead but that has changed. More than likely the cost of the system will be the responsibility of the owner and adding to the expenses of the building. However, there are funding options available to spread the costs over many years.

What steps are involved?

  • Benchmarking
  • RF Design
  • RFP
  • Installation 
  • Commissioning and RF acceptance 
  • Maintenance and upgrades

The wireless world is a rapidly evolving existing place, until it doesn't work. Now is the time to plan and consider your options so you don't get left behind.

CSS and it's partners provide turnkey solutions for DAS, WiFi and many other services.
Chad Peterson, Communication Systems Specialists (763) 413-3225, cpeterson@css-mn.com

References:

Connected Real Estate Magazine Vol 1, issue 2

Graybar Electric Corporation



Category: Industry Insights

Feb 05, 2018

Written by: Chad Peterson, Communication Systems Specialists

This article was written in January 2018 for the 2018 Quarter One newsletter.

As a Riser Management contractor with Property Managers as clients, we are frequently asked to provide guidance on new technology items impacting the property or tenants, DAS is one of them. In fact, with the major football event in town next month, we have heard more about DAS than ever before. Well, what is it? Do you need one? Who pays for it?

What is DAS? A means to extend and distribute RF signals within a property and connect to the cellular networks and Public Safety systems. A series of antennas are installed and connected to a base station which in turn is connected to carrier systems via the internet.

Do you need one? I would ask yourself a few questions. Are you losing tenants based on the cellular coverage within your buildings? Are leasing agents inquiring about cell coverage in RFQs? Did you recently upgrade your windows to Low-E? If you answered yes to any of the questions, you certainly should be considering one. Wireless is now considered the fourth utility by many and poor signal quality is no longer acceptable. The next wave of wireless technology, 5G will require even higher density of antennas. The higher the frequency and shorter wavelength will require more antennas to distribute signal and be less likely to penetrate into the building. While this is expected to still be a few years away i the United States, it is on the horizon for sure. Some estimates show 2022 before 5G is fully deployed. Low-E glass, "the best friend of DAS systems." It's a reflective substance and as such does not allow the cellular signal to penetrate very far into the building. This will be even more of an issue with higher frequency 5G systems.

Who pays for it? Not long ago the carriers were spending money to install systems within buildings in an effort to stay ahead but that has changed. More than likely the cost of the system will be the responsibility of the owner and adding to the expenses of the building. However, there are funding options available to spread the costs over many years.

What steps are involved?

  • Benchmarking
  • RF Design
  • RFP
  • Installation 
  • Commissioning and RF acceptance 
  • Maintenance and upgrades

The wireless world is a rapidly evolving existing place, until it doesn't work. Now is the time to plan and consider your options so you don't get left behind.

CSS and it's partners provide turnkey solutions for DAS, WiFi and many other services.
Chad Peterson, Communication Systems Specialists (763) 413-3225, cpeterson@css-mn.com

References:

Connected Real Estate Magazine Vol 1, issue 2

Graybar Electric Corporation



Category: Industry Insights


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