How To Maintain Effective Wireless in Energy Efficient Buildings

The advantages of energy efficient buildings are apparent — lower costs and reduced environmental impact are among the main benefits.

Energy use in the buildings sector is an increasingly important consideration. Buildings account for about 75 percent of all electricity use and 40 percent of primary energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. As well, buildings that meet LEED requirements are highly regarded and attractive to owners, operators, and tenants.

The goal for facility managers is to find the most cost- effective and energy efficient building technologies — whether lighting, HVAC, or other — while also maintaining another utility that is, to many, as essential as heat and water: in-building wireless communication.

While seeking LEED certification for new or renovated buildings via new technology and building methods can result in lower energy consumption and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, it can also have an adverse effect on wireless communications.

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Is Your Building (and your DAS) Up to New Fire Codes?

In Short – Probably not. This represents a range of risks, the most important of which is the protection of persons and the protection of property. It also represents business risks: Liability, Code Compliance, ability to obtain Certificate of Occupancy, Insurance Rate impacts, and the proper functioning of in-building wireless systems.

Read John Foley’s article on LinkedIn.

Don’t Wait Until it’s Too Late: Pre-Wire for Cellular and Public-Safety In-Building Wireless (IBW) Coverage

Cellular service and the smartphones of today are a far cry from the “brick” phones of thirty years ago. Evolution from cellular phones to smartphones shifted usage patterns from voice to data, with cellular networks expanding exponentially and technologically to support this change. Today, the majority of traffic on these networks is data-related, which elevates the criticality of having quality network service from “would be nice” to “absolutely required.”

While outdoor wireless network coverage grew to the point where cell towers became a common fixture across the landscape, the one area that lagged far behind wasindoor coverage. Even today, with 60 percent to 80 percent of all wireless usage occurring indoors, there’s a lack of quality cellular coverage inside buildings. This is the result of both poor signal penetration from outdoor macrocell sites and capacity issues brought about by the vast concentration of users in a given area—think Super Bowl and convention center.

As wireless networks grew and usage patterns went through a paradigm shift to data, the impact of usage on the macro networks changed as well. The focus evolved from simply coverage to coverage and capacity. The macro networks continue to be crushed by the ever-escalating amount of data being pushed through them. So the focus shifted to carrier offload of data usage from the macrocell sites to systems installed inside buildings. Carriers went on a tear to identify, negotiate, and install distributed antenna systems (DAS) at their own expense into key properties in major markets across the country. Their targets included hotel and convention properties, hospitals, sports stadiums, college and university campuses, and even subway tunnels and airport terminals.

Read Kevin Kostiner article on HETNET Magazine.

ABI Research Study Shows In-Building Wireless Market to Top $9 Billion by 2020

In a recent market study, ABI Research, the leader in technology market intelligence, forecasts the in-building wireless market to more than double in revenue by 2020, with the market anticipated to top $9 billion by 2020. The company predicts that North American activity will drive the overall market, with Europe and Asia-Pacific regions working to pick up the pace during 2016.

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Report: 16 Million-plus DAS Nodes To Be Deployed Through 2018

We found an interesting story written by Jeff Mucci on RCR Wireless News. In the article, Jeff states that;

The deployment of distributed antenna system nodes is expected to double between 2013 and 2016, according to a recent forecast published by Mobile Experts. The report also predicts that 50% of DAS networks will include small cells and Wi-Fi by 2018.

“Multiple operators in North America are doubling or tripling their DAS spending plans”, explained Joe Madden, principal analyst at Mobile Experts. “In China, DAS spending is down 20%, but in the [United States] it’s up 30%. There are radical changes going on, which in the end will be incredibly lucrative for DAS neutral hosts, installers and system integrators.

“The DAS market will more than double in size over the next five years, with a dramatic increase in the combination of DAS with Wi-Fi, public safety radio and LTE networks,” Madden added. “People wonder how small cells will find access to backhaul. In fact, the clear answer is to use a fiber-based DAS system in many public buildings.”

Read the full report about 16 Million-plus DAS nodes here.

Zinwave Wideband DAS Enhances Network Coverage In Sports Stadiums And Arenas

Cambridge Wireless is reporting that Zinwave distributed antenna system (DAS) is becoming system of choice for high-density buildings With Smartphone ownership on the increase and wireless broadband services more prevalent, sports enthusiasts expect unlimited access to 4G services after purchasing tickets to watch their favourite teams play live in major league tournaments like the FIFA World Cup.

Large stadiums usually have seating capacities in excess of 60K and mobile operators are finding it increasingly difficult to provide uninterrupted access to data services during live events. Networks frequently jam up as spectators share their experiences in real time and these venues require a not only dedicated coverage but also dedicated capacity to address these issues

Zinwave’s distributed antenna system (DAS) is being increasingly selected as the system of choice by stadium owners and neutral host providers. Its wideband capabilities are enabling these high density venues to overcome interference, soft handover and capacity management challenges and better manage peaks and troughs in network traffic.

Read the full Zinwave wideband DAS enhances network story.

Nokia Networks To Buy SAC Wireless To Boost Network Implementation Services

RTT News is reporting that Nokia Networks is buying SAC Wireless to boost it’s network implementation services. Schaumburg, Illinois-based SAC Wireless, with about 450 employees, has a national footprint and has worked with major telecom operators. The company helps to support the rollout of major telecom networks in the U.S., including indoor/outdoor small cells, distributed antenna systems, and 4G LTE upgrades.

SAC Wireless’ services include an SAC Wireless Engine Room that is focused on managing site development, architectural and engineering, regulatory and compliance activities for national network programs.

In addition, SAC Wireless services include self-perform implementation of indoor and outdoor small cells and distributed antenna systems or DAS, RF engineering and design, and turnkey program management of large-scale network deployments.

Read the rest of the Nokia Networks story here.

What Exactly Is a Small Cell?

Many people ask us; What is a Small Cell? Pankaj Gandhi wrote a great article on the Commscope blog.

Small cells or small cellular base stations encompass a number of different technologies but one could describe them as anything that’s not a typical macro site. They are deployed to solve network capacity issues in a relatively small area, like a hot spot or an important zone that is a subset of the umbrella macro site coverage.

Occupying less space, they help ensure seamless connectivity. Operators can easily replace large cell sites in crowded urban areas with several smaller cell sites or even augment cell sites using small cells solutions. By shrinking and/or breaking the size of each cell, operators can support more users per square mile. This means fewer blocked calls and more consistent data speeds in dense Indian metro cities. There are several ways that small cells can be deployed to expand capacity:

  • Passive Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS)
  • Active Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS)
  • Concealed, Integrated Metrocells
  • Multibeam Antennas and Sector Splitting

Read the rest of Mr. Sandhi’s article and find out what a small cell is.

Project Manager (In-Building Solutions)

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Lead Installer (In-Building Solutions)

It’s time to be a part of the tremendous growth and join our In-Building Solutions team. As a Lead Installer, you will be responsible for field operations and installation activities on a project by project basis as well as manage on-site cabling of distributed antenna systems and low voltage cabling. The Lead Installer plays a key role in our in-building installation projects and is expected to perform all installation tasks including surveying, cable pulling, antenna mounting, commissioning and testing. Read more