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On October 18th, 2019

Pros and Cons of Getting a Cellular DAS System

Is Cellular DAS Worth the Cost?


When sites have issues with dropped calls and poor audio quality, it’s nice to know that there are some options for a long-term solution—besides making a big move. You don’t need to settle for faulty reception. Working with your local telecommunications company can help get things squared away.

One possibility to consider might be a distributed antenna system, otherwise known as DAS, or the phrase DAS system. These networks can be utilized both indoors and outside, and their fiber optic cables connect with your on-site infrastructure. A DAS system can be beneficial for new construction, but it may not always make the most sense for retrofitting buildings. Taking a closer look at the pros and cons of DAS can help inform your decision.

Cellular DAS System Benefits

Going with a DAS system can help commercial sites and other busy areas like universities or hospitals deliver cell coverage to everyone who depends on it. These networks are great for high-populated locations, and they’re generally regarded as the best way to wirelessly boost cell phone signal for both regular calls and other data usage needs.

When you have a lot of distance between your site’s hub and the cell towers, figuring out a way to improve your signal with a distributed antenna system can be a smart and permanent upgrade. The system is specifically designed to work across multiple buildings too, or other expansive sites. Once installed, you’ll be able to enjoy better connections for both your WiFi and landline connections. If you need to support coverage for thousands of devices simultaneously, DAS could easily be your best option.

Distributed Antenna System vs. Signal Booster

There are a lot of different scenarios for why a distributed antenna system could be the right solution for your site. Then again, you don’t want to make an investment unless it truly is the best option. Sometimes the robust nature of a cellular DAS may be more than your location actually needs. In those cases, you might be able to go with a cell phone signal booster instead. These units can often be quicker and more affordable to install. That’s why it’s important to understand that there isn’t necessarily a one-size-fits-all scenario to help with your call quality.

Whereas DAS systems are designed to address higher call volumes and larger areas, the typical cell phone signal booster equipment is a little more straightforward. It simply works with an outside antenna and commercial cabling to amplify that signal inside your building itself. It can also work the other way around and amplify the signal from your phone or other device and broadcast to the tower. The upside to a booster signal is that it’s usually a more cost-effective solution, but you won’t necessarily know if it will be enough for your site until you can have a professional examine your current signal and assess your unique requirements.

Want to Discuss Your Options?

Every situation has its own challenges. Learning a little more about the current signal status at your site will help you determine the right direction to go. If you already have a steady signal coming in, then you might be able to make do with a cell phone signal booster. But if you struggle to obtain a signal at all, a new DAS system may be the clear winner because it creates
its own signal.

Correcting poor reception isn’t always easy, but the investment can make a big impact for your daily operations. You can start to notice the changes right after the installation is complete. If you need to learn more about cellular transmission for your commercial application, our team at Enhanced Telecommunications and Data is here to help. Let us know what concerns you have, and we’ll help you find the right way to get back on track!

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