In today’s technologically advanced society, individuals are coming to the point where they expect wireless voice and data coverage to be available both while at work and at home. As such, building owners should seriously consider installing Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS), which effectively deliver wireless coverage on-site, to meet the expectations of tenants now and in the future. In addition to keeping tenants happy, building owners also seek to gain a lofty return on investment as DAS adds considerable value to the property.
While most owners understand the need to equip their buildings for modern times, many are concerned about funding. After deciding to install a distributed antenna system, building owners have a choice of four funding models, the best of which depend on the owner’s specific needs as well as the resources available. Each model is discussed in more detail below:
- Building Owner Funded. With this model, the owner covers all costs associated with installing the system. The benefits of going this route are increased flexibility to choose the amount of coverage that best provides for the needs of tenants at a specific property instead of having the service provider set coverage based on its own requirements. With building owner funding, owners are able to better control access to the DAS, improve internal communications and negotiate service rates.
- Carrier Funded. This funding method places the bill for installing a distributed antenna system in the hands of the wireless service provider. Most major service providers have the funds in place to do this as providing additional network coverage leads to growth and retention of customers. While building owners benefit financially by not having to pay for installation of a DAS, they do not receive the same benefits that they would if they had funded it themselves. With this model, owners do not have the option to use multiple service providers, meaning they miss out on a variety of services and applications. It is also important to keep in mind that many carrier funded systems require a minimum revenue or subscriber term by contract, so they are able to cover the cost of the installation and earn a profit.
The above are only two of the four funding models that are available for building owners to finance the installation of distributed antenna systems. Stay tuned for the next CTS Cabling blog to learn more about the last two funding models that round out the list: hybrid funding and neutral hosting.
In the meantime, if you are interested in learning more about DAS, the experts at CTS Cabling would be more than happy to help. We have cable contractors in Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Tucson, and Albuquerque that are available to discuss your specific coverage needs. Please call CTS Cabling at 877-685-2626 or contact us online.