What is the First Step?
Firstly, speak with Fixtel and discuss what telecommunications solutions will be best. For a DAS network, our team will ask for floorplans and building specs. That way the technicians can start to estimate the size and location of the DAS enabling a cost estimate.
What is a Distributed Antenna System?
Das – a distributed antenna system is an antenna infrastructure distributed throughout a building to improve the in-building coverage of the cellular network. Essentially providing a dedicated mobile phone network for the building. The antennas look like a round smoke detector and are mounted below the ceiling. Distributed antenna systems provide a seamless end-to-end mobile signal and connectivity across a variety of sites; multiple building sites like universities, high-rise apartments and high-rise commercial buildings, hospitals, stadiums and car parks.
How Much Does it Cost?
The cost will depend on the network size and the size is based on the building. Previously, responsibility for the installation of DAS systems varied between the building owner and the carriers or some combination, depending on the venue. More recently, DAS installation has been adopted as the cost of doing business by carriers who are rewarded via customer retention and increased revenue. In most instances, cellular carriers pay annual licence fees for access to the facility with DAS equipment and reimburse the facility for third-party consultants and expenses associated with developing the project. On large system deployments, carriers divide the cost of the project amongst the carriers that participate in the system. A typical DAS system buildout will range between 20 and 50 cents per square foot.
What is a 5G DAS?
This is IBC (in-building coverage) that supports the distribution of 5G signals. A 5G Das is designed to support newer frequency bands. Fixtel can install active DAS ready for 4G and 5G services, with an upgrade path to 6G.
Can an existing 4G DAS be upgraded to support 5G?
This will depend on the installed equipment. A 4G modular system likely can be upgraded but it is best to speak to our IBC specialist and get the right advice. Sometimes even if a system can be upgraded it may be better to replace it. 5G works best with a DAS that supports 2×2 or even 4×4 MIMO, which often isn’t the case for older DAS systems.
How Does a Mobile Signal Repeater Work?
It is a small box that uses an outdoor antenna to pick up the mobile network signal. It boosts the signal and transmits using an indoor antenna. The trick is to find the place where the best mobile signal is available. Then set up the indoor antenna in an area where the signal is the weakest.
With the Cel-Fi GO, you can boost the mobile signal over an area of 900 m2 and allow more than 20 devices to be connected. This makes it an ideal solution not just for residential users. And commercial office space struggling with low signal power can solve a big communication problem with this simple device. Our Fixtel technicians can pinpoint your signal issues and advise how the wifi signal booster can fix them.