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In a new eBook, CommScope takes a look at the ongoing transition in the in-building wireless market, which is marked by a decrease in carrier investment as enterprises and building owners take over the capex associated with DAS, small cells and other in-building wireless solutions. The network infrastructure vendor details best practices associated with in-building deployments.
At this point, there’s consensus on the need for robust cellular communications inside, where the majority of mobile traffic originates. However, a combination of financing challenges and market education gaps mean there are still many new buildings that were not originally designed to accommodate wireless infrastructure.
To the expense point, CommScope suggests that a ‘typical IBW solution like DAS or small cell,’ will cost around $1 per square foot, whereas ‘low-cost industrial carpet,’ costs $3 per square foot. Both investments have an approximately 10-year lifespan, but, unlike carpet, wireless access is routinely referred to as ‘the fourth utility’ right up there with power, water and gas.
To making the financials work, the authors of the CommScope eBook look at the three primary models:
Other topics covered in the publication include the role of unlicensed technologies (LTE-U and LAA) in an in-building, enterprise context, DAS and small cell specifics, conducting a needs assessment and more.