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Today, enterprises are suffering from the pervasive problem of weak network coverage. The extensive area to be covered and the large number of people using the network weaken connectivity. This proves detrimental to business productivity and explains the need for reliable in-building wireless (IBW) coverage via small cell and DAS technologies. The emerging vendors in this landscape are improving indoor reception by providing more coverage and capacity that reaches beyond local cell towers.
Small cells originated about 10 years ago as residential femtocells. Very small, compact, and inexpensive, these devices primarily address poor in-building network coverage problems for domestic and small office/home office (SOHO) business use. Gradually, the capability and capacity of small cells have developed and now they can effectively cater to offices and malls with very high traffic density.
Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) on the other hand have a longer heritage of around two decades in the telecom industry. These address mostly larger properties such as shopping malls, stadiums and transport hubs with high footfall, medical and educational institutions, hotels, and more. Off-air DAS systems, that act more like a repeater to improve coverage, is being used for medium-sized buildings.
Small cell and DAS consulting and service providers are guiding enterprises about new developments in this landscape to adopt the best solutions that cater to their requirements. For instance, the use of intelligence-enabled automatic configuration and alternative methods of signal transport such as through an existing IT cabling infrastructure. These methods simplify installation and maintenance while reducing the cost of deployment. Also, the creation of the virtual "supercell" can eliminate signal overlap and ensure better connectivity for enterprises.
The suitability of a small cell or DAS solution for your enterprise relies on factors such as the size of the space that needs to be covered, capacity demands, the number of users, and the budget. The most appropriate solution to be chosen is one that comprehends the details of the project and caters to the stakeholders’ objectives. Both small cell and DAS solutions can be used together to deliver a lower cost of ownership and easier implementation.
To enhance coverage and help enterprises make the right IBW solution choice, a distinguished selection panel comprising CEOs, CIOs, VCs, and Telecom Tech Outlook magazine’s editorial board has selected a list of the most promising small cell and DAS consulting/service providers. These companies leverage innovative strategies to fulfil the coverage and connectivity requirements of enterprises.
Small cell and DAS solutions available today cater to different needs of enterprises. One of the key challenges that enterprises face in this landscape is solution selection, as it can be complicated in terms of zeroing in on a solution that strikes the right balance between needs, cost, complexity, and other factors. Small cell and DAS consulting/service companies can be helpful in this regard. To this end, Telecom Tech Outlook lists some of the top companies offering best-of-breed small cell and DAS services. The magazine also includes deep insights into the market by top-level executives.
We present to you Telecom Tech Outlook's "Top 10 Small Cell and DAS Consulting/Service Companies – 2019”.
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A company having more than 50 years of experience, draftPros is an industry-leading engineering and construction company offering comprehensive business solutions. DAS and Small Cell solutions constitute an important part of their portfolio. draftPros specializes in providing its clients with all-encompassing solutions through in-house expertise in Small Cell installation, deployment, and maintenance. Extensive industry knowledge, in addition to a creative approach in developing solutions, enables excellent quality of services. Another strong point of the company is its efficient customer services which encourage good relationships and collaborative efforts
As Small Cell Solutions (SCS) evolve to become the future of wireless connectivity, Essentia is uniquely poised to handle any SCS project with its wide array of solutions that fit together. Essentia has the experience and the comprehensive capabilities to design, permit, build, own and manage SCS. Essentia provides both outdoor small cell and fiber installations in tandem—a unique, turnkey approach within the industry. Their proprietary process, eSpeed accelerates and streamlines small cell and fiber installation. This approach wraps various technologies and best practices around efficient processes, creating unparalleled efficiencies in data storage, management, and automation
Any company in need of DAS related expertise can turn to PWR Wireless, a company specializing in providing engineering and consulting services for DAS and Small Cell deployments. These services can be of use to wireless service providers, manufacturers, business owners as well as public companies. PWR assists client companies through assessment of requirements in case of pre-installation and evaluation of performance in case of existing systems and post-installations. Based on these reports, clients can opt for DAS and Small Cell design and integration in a range of small and large scale projects
RLS-CMC, Inc., a prominent construction management company, offers expert solutions in wireless network installations. These solutions cover the deployment of indoor and outdoor DAS and Small Cell networks. The expertise the company has is because of a strong team of consultants, which puts in combined efforts to enhance the quality and value of services offered. Experienced in handling large scale technical projects in a time-efficient and cost-effective manner, the company enjoys a good reputation. From pre-construction services to testing services to co-ordination and management services, RLS has continuously delivered value
SAC Wireless is a frontline telecommunication infrastructure development company. It designs, builds, and maintains high-quality wireless infrastructure with an array of innovative ideas and solutions as per its mission of assisting its client to achieve the best level of connectivity. SAC provides intelligent site development and expert engineering design and construction for building small cell sites with the help of multi-disciplinary teams consisting of project managers, electrical and civil crew, supervisors, and tower experts. The company undertakes engineering, installation, commissioning, and optimization of DAS equipment and supports many aspects like cabling and testing
American Tower Corporation, founded in 1995, is a company that develops and operates wireless communication and broadcast facilities. It has a widespread presence and caters to a large number of industries. With a mission to drive wireless connectivity, the company has taken up numerous projects to build top-class infrastructure. The company provides its clients with easy access to the best locations for network development, highly streamlines processes, and future-oriented, innovative wireless network solutions. Distributed Antennae Services, indoor solutions, and network coverage with managed rooftop services make up an important part of the company’s offerings
To connect the unconnected is the mission of Baicells, a high tech company that delivers solutions as well as products for wireless connectivity at very affordable prices. The innovative technologies developed by the company have found a lot of takers. The principle behind its offerings is that by using a combination of IoT technology and agile LTE Small Cells, it develops inexpensive and reliable wireless communications. The well-researched technologies are applied to provide better rural connectivity, urban wireless solutions as well as efficient coverage in indoor commercial projects
Well equipped R&D facilities and manufacturing capabilities, Comba Telecom is one of the leading service and solution provider in the wireless sector. A strong focus on innovation and world-class testing facilities has enabled the company to develop and deliver quality products. With a comprehensive range of wireless network products and solutions, Comba has a diversified client base. Its products include wireless enhancements systems like DAS, repeaters, and software. A Small Cell portfolio consisting of small-cell gateway, a network management system, and enterprise small cell delivers highly reliable internet connectivity, which is cost-efficient as well
Ubicquia is a technology-driven company, and its platform offers services to enable smart city deployments. Through simply connected, simply smart broadband and small cell services, it enables municipalities and utilities service providers as well as lighting manufacturers. Ubicquia’s Ubimetro™ includes a range of small cell offerings which consists of the mobile industry’s first streetlight-powered small cell. This range of products is innovative and provides users seamless connectivity. These small cells support many use cases and simplify network coverage and densification. The company recently launched three new products under Ubimetro™
ZTE Corporation is a major provider of telecommunication and connectivity solutions to consumers as well as companies from both public as well as private sectors. Its innovative and integrated solutions help the company to deliver valuable expertise and enable better infrastructural capabilities. It possesses a wide range of products among which figures Small Cell Base Station Series. The series includes a set of indoor and outdoor stations called Micro, Pad RRU, Pico, Femto, and Qcell. Each of these products has distinct capabilities and promote better network capacity and coverage
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