In some ways, the
wireless revolution of the past 20 years has been one of history’s quietest
innovations. Consider how quickly and effortlessly wireless users have adopted
the once-fantastical notion of universal connectivity in an affordable,
pocket-sized device. In less than a single generation, the world has evolved
from a tethered telephone to a wireless communication device that puts the world
at your fingertips—at any time and any place.
The only things
that have grown faster than wireless adoption are user expectations for instant
access and reliable, fast performance. Dead zones, when discovered, are
regarded with surprise and disappointment. A dropped call is considered
embarrassing. For such a young technology, cellular communication has already
cultivated a nearly universal expectation of ubiquitous, high-quality,
high-speed performance, indoors and out—a trend that will only accelerate with
the future generations.
For this reason,
many consider in-building wireless and its associated infrastructure as another
utility — that is, a modern convenience that has become as accepted and
expected as electricity and running water. Users are not interested in knowing
where the wires are laid (Yes, there are a lot of wires in wireless networks)
or how the pipes are arranged. They simply expect the convenience of seamless,
invisible, universal access and performance. So, it has become for cellular service.
CLICK TO TWEET: We always expect calls to go through. Always. Yet there are still issues of connectivity in buildings. Now there's a course to help.
The growing need
for dedicated in-building wireless connectivity is driven primarily by those
who work, live and shop within buildings. Customers, tenants and employees want
rock-solid cellular coverage, but building and enterprise owners have little or
no recourse with local wireless operators—and usually even less technical
expertise to know how to solve the connectivity challenge. One of the biggest
issues is that many simply don’t know what they don’t know. Lack of awareness
and education invariably lead to industry myths and misperceptions; and, even
for those actively seeking an in-building wireless solution, the complicated
issue of funding the system can make matters even more uncertain for small to
mid-sized enterprise environments.
SP6550 In-Building RF Wireless Fundamentals course from the CommScope Infrastructure Academy aims to
help with understanding the basics of RF wireless systems inside buildings and
their associated passive infrastructure. It steps through in-building wireless
design, cabling, antennas, DAS and small cell systems. Other topics included
are antenna design and placement, loss budget calculations, Cellular and Wi-Fi
technologies and standards.
As society’s demand for ubiquitous
coverage becomes an everyday lifestyle expectation, understanding indoor
wireless solutions will become a necessity for building owners, facilities
managers, architects and others who are in the business of making an enterprise
space attractive and functional.