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Indoor Small Cells

Small cell solutions are used for two main purposes. Similar to DAS antennas they can be used as a coverage model throughout an office. However, they can also be utilized in place of a Carrier base station and act as a signal source. These carrier approved solutions allow you to feed your DAS with a solution that can be turned up in weeks, not months.

Advantages

In ideal applications, small cells can be a much more cost-effective solution. The major components consist of a Service Node (SN) and Radios Nodes (RN) and utilize ethernet infrastructure. 

Our proposed small cell solutions are pre-approved by the carriers. This means the time and effort to get your system online is greatly reduced.

Small cells Utilize 50-100 Mbps of the existing internet connection as backhaul. This greatly increases the time and effort to obtain an RF Source as Carriers can take up to a year to provide their own backhaul.

This solution allows emergency calls placed on the network to be traced to within 50m of the location the call was made. This greatly enhances First Responder response time.

Using small cells as an RF source has several benefits. The main ones being the expedited deployment times and lower upfront costs.

Disadvantages

Small cell solutions can get pricey when dealing with multiple Carriers and covering multiple bands. Using them as a source is economical alternative, but this can create capacity concerns.

Separate RN/SN must be provided for each carrier to provide their frequencies at your location. Unlike DAS, they cannot share a headend to consolidate their frequencies. This makes small cell “coverage models” very expensive in larger venues.

RNs tend to be frequency specific. This means additional RNs are needed in applications where coverage for multiple frequency bands are required.  

Carriers require an annual recurring fee for each RN/SN in service.  Although it is a miniscule amount in small applications, in larger ones it can heavily impact the cost.