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Benefits of In-Building Wireless Strategy for Real Estate Owners

Data demands from mobile devices are exploding and everyone expects to have high speed connectivity at all time. Do you know what the cell service is like in your property? If you receive complaints of weak signal or poor reception in certain parts of your building, it may not be the carrier’s lack of coverage, but show a clear need for an upgrade to your current approach to wireless connectivity.

Having an in-building wireless strategy, such as a Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS), is a way that many real estate owners are combatting this trend—taking the need in the industry into their own hands and improving the signals in their properties, thus increasing their perceived value by tenants, employees, and customers alike.

Treating wireless coverage like a fourth utility can be a way for you (and your properties) to compete in the new wireless world. If you do not have a comprehensive wireless strategy, you are likely missing future revenue opportunities and can end up spending excess money on multiple systems if not designed to work and scale on one infrastructure.

Keep reading below on the benefits of investing in DAS for your real estate properties, or call us today to discuss your wireless improvement needs throughout the Southwest.

Why Does Your Real Estate Property Have Poor Cell Coverage?

Many real estate owners are realizing that poor cell coverage may not just be from the carriers (like Verizon and AT&T), but may be how the building is built and structured. Higher floors can see poor cell reception and even low-E glass (found in many energy efficient residential and commercial windows) can block the signal. The structure of your building (including building materials (like concrete), layout (including parking structures and stairwells), and the number of users trying to connect can all impact how strong (or rather, more noticeably by tenants, how weak), the signal is in your buildings.

How to Add Value to Tenants with Strong Wireless Signal

Savvy real estate owners understand that investing in a DAS system makes their property more technologically desirable. As more and more people use their phones and other devices that need to connect to wireless or cellular data and expect strong, reliable service no matter where they are in the building, a property with an enhanced DAS system can be seen as a value add.

Looking for a go-to company to handle wireless upgrading in your new or existing real estate property? Corporate Technology Solutions is the name to know in the Southwest. Growing from a top tier cabling installer, we now specialize in the design and installation of many systems based on our history of voice, data, video, and fiber optic cabling systems.

Viewing Wireless Connectivity as a Fourth Utility

Current building managers have increased pressure to make their wireless connectivity (both cellular signal and Wi-Fi) reliable for their employees and customers throughout their entire buildings. And this is also a consideration for real estate owners or investors looking for toward their next purchase or build.

Wireless connectivity is important for buildings of all types, from residential apartments, to high-rise office buildings, to manufacturing plants and event centers. Even more than just phones and computers require connectivity these days—from printers to security systems and thermostats to the never-ending release of new “smart” devices.

It’s important for real estate owners to understand that tenants want full-strength, full-speed dependable wireless communication. One initial strategy for managers is simply a mental shift to viewing wireless connectivity as a fourth utility—in addition to gas, water, and electric. Employees and customers now expect strong signal in an office just as much as they’d expect working faucets and A/C or heat.

With that viewpoint, it will be installed and implemented with the intent to last a life time, rather than causing building owners the headache of upgrading to meet with increasing demands (both in terms over capacity demand and the demand for five-bar coverage throughout an entire property).

How Will DAS Improve Your Real Estate Property in the Southwest?

A Distributed Antenna System (DAS) is a network of antenna nodes that share a neutral host in order to expand a wireless network by adding coverage and capacity to a specific area or building structure. This expansion increases wireless network quality to areas notoriously difficult to hold a signal.

The network contains a central hub, which requires fiber to link to a system of nodes. The nodes can be conveniently placed on any object, such as a sign, a light, or a plant, in order to provide strong coverage everywhere within the specified area. DAS can provide improvement to Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G, and LTE services and offer a highly scalable network design to evolve further with the needs of your property.

We have offices in Tempe and Tucson, but can provide DAS system design, installation, integration, and maintenance services throughout Arizona. Contact us to get started on improving the signal strength throughout your real estate property and increasing the value you provide to your tenants!

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