InBuildingTech.com Report Commercial Real Estate Connectivity Needs Require an All-Hand-On-Deck Effort

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In-building connectivity needs are too complex to be solved by a “one size fits all” solution.

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“While DAS solutions have traditionally worked great for concert venues, stadiums, airports, and other very large spaces, the 95% of commercial properties that under 1 million square feet have typically been underserved by existing solutions”.

A new report published this week by InBuildingTech.com points out that despite the availability of in-building connectivity solutions such as Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) for decades, the need to connect commercial real estate buildings ranging from large venues such as airports and malls down to mid-sized office buildings will require a mix of technologies from a large ecosystem of suppliers.

“While DAS solutions have traditionally worked great for concert venues, stadiums, airports, and other very large spaces, the 95% of commercial properties that under 1 million square feet have typically been underserved by existing solutions," says Jason Marcheck, principal analyst at Layne Bridge and Associates and author of the report. “As ubiquitous in-building connectivity becomes a must to support comprehensive collaboration tools, IoT, and other digital business initiatives, technologies such as fiber-fed DAS, CBRS, LP-WAN, and other technologies will all have a significant role to play.”

Of specific recent interest in the quest to bring affordable, flexible solutions to a range of commercial real estate properties, CBRS could be poised to make a big impact on the market. The FCC recently approved spectrum licenses in the 3.5 GHz band, and initial commercial deployments of the technology are expected to occur by the end of 2018.

The report also examines key business drivers such as the ability to cut building operating costs and increase building net operating income (NOI) that will be critical in convincing building owners that investments in comprehensive connectivity is not only worth the capital investment, but also a critical factor in maintaining the long-term viability of their buildings as marketable office space.

“As more companies become increasingly high-tech, both in terms of the products and services that they offer or in the way that they go to market, office buildings that do not support ubiquitous connectivity and/or cutting edge building automation features will become increasingly obsolete,” Marcheck concludes.

The report, entitled, “Connectivity Soup: Can DAS, CBRS, Licensed Cellular and Proprietary LP-WAN Solve In-Building Coverage?” is available for download here, and the accompanying webinar can be watched here.

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