Architecture options for in-building wireless deployments


Extend the reach of your indoor cellular networks.

Download this strategic white paper so you can select the right architecture that balances your requirements for coverage and capacity.

In-building environments present unique challenges. Addressing these challenges efficiently has become critical for wireless service providers. That’s because subscriber demand for uninterrupted, ubiquitous connections for bandwidth-hungry applications has created a need to extend the reach of cellular networks indoors.

Obstacles such as cement walls, elevator shafts, metal, and more recently, low-emissivity (low-e) glass have combined to make radio network planning and deployment more costly and complex. To overcome these obstacles, clever derivatives of the basic components of a cellular base station have been developed to accelerate successful deployments on a large scale. These architectures are Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS), Distributed Radio Systems (DRS) and small cells.

While strategic deployment of these architectures increases in-door coverage and capacity, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. Because each situation requires a unique approach, wireless service providers need guidance on how best to combine these architectures.

This strategic white paper presents:

  • An overview of indoor architectures with their strengths and weaknesses
  • Analysis of indoor use cases and their requirements for indoor architectures
  • Advice on how to select the best architecture balanced against network objectives, limitations of the indoor environment, future capacity requirements, and cost.

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