Industries | Verticals
Distributed Antenna Systems
How they work.
Indoor connectivity issues arise when the signal from nearby outdoor cell towers can’t penetrate a building’s exterior, or when the available signal is spread across too many users or devices.
A distributed antenna system, or DAS, can help solve both of these problems. Think of a DAS as an indoor cell tower, entirely dedicated to a single building. The system brings signal indoors by either piping it in from an exterior-mounted “donor antenna”, a standard data connection, or a carrier-managed “base transceiver station”.
This signal is then distributed throughout the building using a network of inconspicuous antennas, providing both the coverage and bandwidth necessary to resolve cellular network availability and performance issues.
5 QUESTIONS TO ASK
BEFORE IMPLEMENTING A DAS
You know a distributed antenna system (DAS) would improve cellular connectivity in your building, but you might not know which kind you need or how to get started. This buyer’s guide will help you ask all the right questions — and find the right answers — before beginning your DAS project.
How much coverage does your building need?
WIN can recommend the right DAS for your current and future coverage requirements, based on discussions with you and a thorough site walkthrough. Our connectivity solutions range from neutral-carrier DAS to enterprise small cell technologies.
Which carrier networks do your tenants use?
WIN specializes in negotiating projects with mobile network carriers. This process goes smoothly for us because we’ve built trusting relationships with all major carriers and we make sure our DAS solutions benefit you as well as the carriers.
Who will pay for the DAS?
At WIN, we work with all parties to develop a funding model that works for everyone. Usually either the carrier or the property funds and owns the DAS solution because we find that these options offer the greatest mutual benefit. We secure carrier participation upfront to make sure the DAS delivers value upon installation.
How long will it take to install the DAS?
WIN usually completes projects within 120 days or less for the anchor tenant, and soon after for additional tenants. We’re able to keep our process especially efficient because we ask all the right questions upfront and solve potential problems before they arise.
What support will you get after the DAS installation?
If you work with WIN, you’ll have all the support you need. We monitor and manage our installed DAS solutions in real time so we can make adjustments as necessary, and we conduct biannual audits to ensure performance quality. We also monitor industry trends to prepare for future mobile technology advancements that may be applicable to your property.