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Retrofits May Be Future of Wireless

STEALTH’s own Trey Nemeth recently published an article in Antennas Online, which focused on the growing trend among special events space owners to adapt to the DAS explosion.

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Many owners jumped on the DAS bandwagon a few years ago, and now find themselves needing to expand bandwidth. He notes that retrofits drive a great deal of the business, as early DAS adopters push their infrastructure to accommodate new or different technologies. Current concealment retrofits generally result from three scenarios:

  • More antennas or equipment are required. This starts with the operator determining a need for additional antennas to bolster coverage and capacity.  One example might be replacement of original DAS systems, like a recent stadium project. There, half of the venue’s vomitory openings were installed as DAS concealments two years ago. The owner now needs new boxes for the remaining openings.
  • Larger antennas or additional rotation is required.  Many of the first generation oDAS (outdoor DAS) installations involved relatively small (12 inches square) antennas being concealed in small systems.  In many cases, those are being replaced with larger, sometimes 2 or 2.5 times larger, concealments.In addition, to insure proper positioning of the antennas, significant azimuth and down-tilt rotation are required.  This creates a necessity to replace perfectly good concealments that were installed just a few years ago with new, larger concealments.
  • Cosmetic or vandalism concerns.  Let’s face it, when you get 80,000+ excited college football fans together, things can happen. Venue owners are seeking ways to conceal previously installed DAS antennas and amplifiers to prevent curious (and maybe rowdy) stadium patrons from damaging the costly equipment.  It is crucial that the most durable concealment materials are employed in areas that are accessible by the general public.

Retrofits aren’t a function of DAS, alone. Changes in telecommunications systems nationwde have driven concealment professionals to adopt new techniques and adapt to new technologies. With ingenuity, engineers have accommodated multiple carriers in single structures, swapped out housings in high-traffic areas, and more.

We look for more and more calls for adaptability in coming years.

Current concealment retrofits generally result from three scenarios:

  1. More antennas or equipment are required. This starts with the operator determining a need for additional antennas to bolster coverage and capacity.  One example might be replacement of original DAS systems, like a recent stadium project. There, half of the venue’s vomitory openings were installed as DAS concealments two years ago. The owner now needs new boxes for the remaining openings.
  2. Larger antennas or additional rotation is required.  Many of the first generation oDAS (outdoor DAS) installations involved relatively small (12 inches square) antennas being concealed in small systems.  In many cases, those are being replaced with larger, sometimes 2 or 2.5 times larger, concealments.In addition, to insure proper positioning of the antennas, significant azimuth and down-tilt rotation are required.  This creates a necessity to replace perfectly good concealments that were installed just a few years ago with new, larger concealments.
  3. Cosmetic or vandalism concerns.  Let’s face it, when you get 80,000+ excited college football fans together, things can happen. Venue owners are seeking ways to conceal previously installed DAS antennas and amplifiers to prevent curious (and maybe rowdy) stadium patrons from damaging the costly equipment.  It is crucial that the most durable concealment materials are employed in areas that are accessible by the general public.

– See more at: http://www.antennasonline.com/main/articles/insatiable-hunger-feeds-das/#sthash.s0g2pM6K.dpuf

Current concealment retrofits generally result from three scenarios:

  1. More antennas or equipment are required. This starts with the operator determining a need for additional antennas to bolster coverage and capacity.  One example might be replacement of original DAS systems, like a recent stadium project. There, half of the venue’s vomitory openings were installed as DAS concealments two years ago. The owner now needs new boxes for the remaining openings.
  2. Larger antennas or additional rotation is required.  Many of the first generation oDAS (outdoor DAS) installations involved relatively small (12 inches square) antennas being concealed in small systems.  In many cases, those are being replaced with larger, sometimes 2 or 2.5 times larger, concealments.In addition, to insure proper positioning of the antennas, significant azimuth and down-tilt rotation are required.  This creates a necessity to replace perfectly good concealments that were installed just a few years ago with new, larger concealments.
  3. Cosmetic or vandalism concerns.  Let’s face it, when you get 80,000+ excited college football fans together, things can happen. Venue owners are seeking ways to conceal previously installed DAS antennas and amplifiers to prevent curious (and maybe rowdy) stadium patrons from damaging the costly equipment.  It is crucial that the most durable concealment materials are employed in areas that are accessible by the general public.

– See more at: http://www.antennasonline.com/main/articles/insatiable-hunger-feeds-das/#sthash.s0g2pM6K.dpuf

 

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