Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS)

DAS200.jpgIn today’s fast paced, technology-driven world, having an uninterrupted Wi-Fi or cellular signal is a must, which is why many business opt to have distributed antenna systems installed. 

A DAS is a network of spatially separated antenna nodes connected to a common source via a transport medium (typically coax or fiber-optic cable) that provides wireless service within a geographic area or structure. A DAS helps signals transmit through large buildings without losing integrity.

Candidates for DAS include:

  • Office/corporate campus
  • Retail/shopping malls
  • Healthcare/hospitals
  • Airports/train stations
  • Manufacturing/industrial
  • Hotels/casinos/convention centers
  • Sports venues/stadiums
  • University campuses
  • Government municipalities

Certified DAS installation

Gibson is a union company with a team of DAS installers who are certified in pulling and terminating coaxial cable as well as performing sweep and passive intermodulation (PIM) testing.  

Gibson has the ability to collaborate with integrators to allow for comprehensive solutions to each client’s unique DAS needs. Gibson also employs fiber-optic specialists who are certified in fusion splicing and testing fiber backbone feeds.  

In-building DAS benefits include:

  • Total coverage of targeted spaces
  • Appropriate capacity for current needs
  • Ability to add capacity with significantly altering the system, especially for data growth
  • Ability to support future protocols
  • Little or no interference to/from other RF sources
  • Low initial investment

Ownership Models

Carrier:

  • 100% funded and operated by carrier
  • Typically single carrier
  • Carriers may form consortium
  • Implementation of multi-carrier models

Neutral-Host:

  • 100% funded and operated by independent third party (i.e., tower company)
  • Landlord leases space to the Neutral host entity
  • Neutral host entity coordinates financial & design with carriers

Landlord:

  • Funded by building owner
  • Deployed and operated by DAS integrator
  • Carriers/3rd parties may partially fund
  • Multi-carrier