Building owner’s guide to indoor 5G: When being a “cellular dead zone” is not a competitive advantage

5G networks are no longer a dream of the future. They’re finally here and delivering faster speeds with lower latency. Although initial deployments have focused on macro networks, with the exception of large sporting venues or convention centers, 5G for in-building applications is not far off.

As a result, many organizations are looking for ways to improve cellular coverage inside their facilities to support the growing number of customers and employees requiring an always-on, reliable indoor signal.

CBTS offers two options for in-building cellular connectivity:

  • Network as a Service (NaaS) with Wi-Fi. For some businesses, it might make sense to use voice over Wi-Fi. It’s especially useful in smaller environments, with smaller workforces. But it has limitations. Wi-Fi networks can drop calls if a cell phone is too far away from an access point. In addition, they don’t automatically hand off calls to cellular networks and they’re susceptible to interference and getting bogged down by someone else on the network downloading a large file.
  • Distributed Antenna System (DAS). A fiber-based DAS solution is specifically built for in-building cellular coverage and produces strong, reliable connectivity to any type of cell phone, as well as cellular carrier. The system is ideal for large, multi-floor buildings and outdoor areas