Distributed Antenna Systems Overview

Distributed Antenna Systems Overview

Optiglow offers Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS). Distributed Antenna Systems is a network of spatially separated antennas that receive their waves from one central antenna, providing a wireless network within a geographic area or structure.

With a standard in-building Distributed Antenna System the cellular source is usually at a higher elevation, and it provides the wireless signal to the building. Signals are transmitted into the building through head-end equipment which converts the RF signals to digital pulse signals. Wireless distribution then disperses the digital signals throughout the building by way of fiber cabling, and are received by remote node locations that convert them back into RF signals and radiate them through multiple, strategically situated antennas for reliable in building wireless coverage.

For larger applications or for stadiums, cellular coverage is usually not an issue. The problem is when you have 80,000 fans at a football game the capacity of the macro environment cannot adequately service so many simultaneous connections. Distributed Antenna Systems for stadiums are therefor fed through a carrier installed network of base stations. This enables the integrator to sectorize the DAS into many smaller area, enabling many small cells which enhances the capacity and coverage. Optiglow has found the Mobile Access Fiber DAS platform to be the go to manufacturer for these large in-building DAS networks.

A distributed antenna system supports numerous wireless technologies, as well as a public safety system. It offers the capabilities for each industry’s unique specifications, be it healthcare, hospitality, enterprise, or the like, and access to radio communication for first responders in case of an emergency.

Optiglow has shined in the Hospitality industry for many years. With multiple contracts with W Hotels, St. Regis, Westin and other leading Hotel chains Optiglow has designed custom DAS and repeater solutions. In recent years the growth of Distributed Antenna Systems in all industries has made in-building cellular as one of the leading verticals in the technology sector.

DAS and small-cell solutions are critical to the build out of wireless services, including wireless broadband. Today, consumers demand consistent wireless broadband coverage and capacity across every setting. To meet this demand, the cellular network is moving closer to the consumer, using a variety of licensed and unlicensed technologies working in tandem. Today’s networks employ a variety of technologies from cellular towers, rooftop antennas, microcells, picocells, Wi-Fi and Distributed Antenna Systems. Together, these heterogeneous network (HetNet) technologies knit together the nation’s wireless networks.

At Optiglow we are technology neutral and will work on the solution that makes the most sense for your Clients. There have been many scenarios where Optiglow have recommended Small Cell technology over DAS or cell repeater solutions, it all depends on our customers unique needs, the specific market and the requirements of the Wireless Carriers network specifications".

Reliable wireless distribution is an integral part of business and pleasure, and it is only high quality wireless communication systems that can deliver an optimal wireless network system.


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