Wireless Connectivity as the Next Utility
This post is part of a blog series about intelligent
buildings, based on content from the CommScope Connected
and Efficient Buildings e-book.
How connected are you?
Do you get upset when your phone or tablet doesn’t work at the office, in
a restaurant, or at your home? We are a
connected society, and these devices have become an important fabric of our
lives. Many of us expect all our devices
to work on demand in any and every building we enter.
Today water, electricity, and HVAC (heating, ventilation and
air conditioning) are expectations for almost every building. Is it time to have that same expectation for wireless
to ABI Research, more than 80 percent of all wireless traffic originates or
terminates indoors. CommScope recently conducted its own research into
in-building wireless networks, surveying building owners, operators and
architects. These six statements were assessed by respondents:
As you can see from the data, wireless connectivity has
become an imperative among connectivity users. I think it is fair to say they
don’t care what technology is providing the connectivity, all they care about
is that it works all the time, every time.
Unfortunately, nearly 45 percent of our survey respondents said clients
or employees complain more now about poor in-building cellular coverage.
What can we
do to address the wireless coverage problem?
The first step is to develop a wireless connectivity plan, which is especially
important in new construction and renovations.
This is the best time to ensure the proper cabling infrastructure is in
place for now and the future. It is
important to make sure a standards approach is used when planning your cabling
infrastructure. Check out this tip sheet Using
a Universal Connectivity Grid for More Flexible and Cost-efficient Cabling for advice about establishing
a universal ceiling grid.
Keep in mind that both licensed and unlicensed wireless
connectivity standards are evolving. It
is important that the infrastructure is in place to support the ever increasing
wireless traffic demands can be met. Technology for in-building cellular wireless
coverage, in particular, has evolved significantly over the past few
years. New systems use the same IT
structured cabling platform to connect Wi-Fi access points, security cameras, and
standard IT network connectivity. To
explore CommScope’s in-building cellular solutions and technology, check out
our white paper What's your best route to in-building wireless?
Consumers have already changed their expectations for
wireless coverage outdoors. Whether we like it or not, those same
expectations held to wireless connectivity in the building. The real question
is what are we going to do about it?
For more information about wireless as the next utility, and
CommScope’s implantation recommendations, check out chapter 7 in the Connected
and Efficient Buildings e-book.
About the Author
Sean Kerr is a strategic solutions marketing manager for CommScope, a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks. He is responsible for marketing strategy, linking key trends in the industry to market strategies for telecommunication networks in buildings and venues. Sean has more than 20 years of experience in the telecom industry with CommScope and Corning and has five patents related to fiber optic connectors and terminating devices. He has a master’s degree in business administration from Texas Christian University and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of North Texas.
, Common Industry Terms
, C-RAN small cells
, Distributed Antenna Systems DAS
, In-Building Wireless Solutions
, Indoor small cells and C-RAN
, Microwave backhaul
, Optical Solutions
, Small Cells