If you’re looking into solving your indoor cellular connectivity problems, you’ve no doubt spent time looking into distributed antenna systems and small cells. And you’ve likely seen them presented as an either/or choice. Each has benefits and each has drawbacks, and figuring out which makes the best platform for your building can be difficult.
What if we said, though, that you don’t have to choose, and that deploying both small cells and DAS together can be a smart in-building wireless solution in many situations, especially for small- and mid-level enterprises.
By using both small cells and DAS together you can capitalize on the benefits of both platforms.
With small cells you can:
Launch a new system more quickly by avoiding the need to wait for base station installation.
Also launch that system more economically by avoiding the costs associated with a base station.
Better control your network by owning the frequency-providing equipment.
With DAS you can:
Save money by using a single backhaul connection to feed a DAS head end.
Overcome the natural limitations of small cells in terms of limited frequency and operator support
Mitigate concerns over multi-cell interference and hand-off issues as users move around the building.