Your enterprise needs distributed antenna systems to ensure reliable in-building cellular coverage for employees and clients alike — how can you fund your network design?
Setting up distributed antenna systems is becoming something nonnegotiable for many businesses, as people get used to having widespread cellular coverage and access. This is a very sustainable way to ensure access and coverage for your enterprise, but unless you were able to look into the future a few years ago, it is unlikely that you’ve left room in the budget for network design and deploying distributed antenna systems. Enterprises know they need distributed antenna systems but are unsure of how to pay for this vital network.
There are three main funding models for providing enterprises with distributed antenna systems. First, you can access internal funding from the company itself, if it exists. Second, you could enter into a contract with a neutral host company. Or, third, you could get funding from cellular carriers. Each model has advantages and disadvantages.
Using internal funding allows the enterprise to own the distributed antenna systems, including the equipment and the distribution. This model makes it easy to offer bring-your-own-device systems to employees, and also enables the business to extend cellular coverage to clients who visit the building.
Both capital and operating expenses are required for this model, and a cellular carrier agreement is still required for an RF signal source or carrier base transceiver system.
Using a neutral host company, the enterprise does not have to come up with its own funding. However, this model is only likely when the number of users and system capacity usage will give the host company the return on investment it is expecting. You may also need to enter into a long-term contract, which does not give much wiggle room in the future.
Cellular carrier funding makes a distributed antenna system very affordable for an enterprise, but again relies on a good return on investment for the carrier. It can be tricky to set up a reliable network in this manner.
In some cases you may find that mixed model funding is best for your businesses, using different models to fund the active and passive portions of the DAS, as well as the RF signal source.
If you need help deciding on network design or funding models, contact a cabling company to hear more about your options.