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2016

September 7, 2016

FirstNet opportunities and integration challenges

Network coverage for public safety communications and first responders has become a growing and critical focus for integrators, building owners and enterprise customers. The evolution of modern day networking technologies and the realization that not all networks are created equal has, however, created some serious integration hurdles.


August 2, 2016

First Response is Everything: Public Safety Communications and DAS

Consistency in nationwide public safety networks is critical. Distributed antenna systems require attention to prevent near-far interference with in-building wireless - a situation that could otherwise prevent networks from meeting coverage requirements.


July 6, 2016

ICT Influencer – Part 2

Westell's, Mark Dehmlow, Director, Product Line Management is amongst the elite of ICT influencers to share his insight on various industry topics.


June 20, 2016

First Response is Everything: Public Safety Communications and DAS

Consistency in nationwide public safety networks is critical. Distributed antenna systems require attention to prevent near-far interference with in-building wireless — a situation that could otherwise prevent networks from meeting coverage requirements.


June 1, 2016

Smart Alternatives to Small Cell Deployment

Despite all the hype about small cells, digital repeaters are still the easiest, lowest cost, and most reliable solution for improving in-building wireless coverage for all carriers. I am not talking about the broadband signal boosters that are not carrier-authorized, which can potentially interfere with just about everything, including public safety systems, and result in fines. I am talking about digitally-filtered, carrier-approved, frequency-dependent industrial repeaters that keep pace with carrier network enhancements. These digital repeaters have been feeding DAS systems for over 15 years and remain a core option for carriers today.


May 16, 2016

How Cybercriminals and Spies Threaten to Attack Your Remote Cellular Network

As owners, operators, and end users of networks that carry the backbone of our country’s communication system, every moment of every day, you are being probed, analyzed and attacked. Hackers are assessing the Internet and wireless networks to see if there’s something of value that can be stolen, vandalized, or destroyed. They’re looking for information on physical assets as well as digital footprint. Cybercriminals, both large and small are attacking you, we’ll explore what you can do to lessen your risk.


April 20, 2016

Public Safety Communications and the Demand for DAS

Public safety networks are critical to the safety of people everywhere – they are implemented across high-rise buildings, campuses, tunnels, shopping malls, airports, parking garages and more in order to protect the lives of both the citizens and first responders. Over the past decade, there has been a substantial increase in national, state and local legislation requiring minimum coverage standards for public safety communication systems. In February 2012, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act created the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), an independent authority within the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration. The FirstNet Board is composed of representatives from public safety; local, state and federal government; and the wireless industry.


April 1, 2016

ICT Influencers — Part I

Westell's, Mark Dehmlow, Director, Product Line Management is amongst the elite of ICT influencers to share his insight on various industry topics.


March 2, 2016

Powering Cell Towers: Improving efficiency, reliability, and scalability in tower power systems

Looking back, cell tower power used to be treated a lot like the electrical grid: essential, reliable, taken for granted, a tad dull. But today, cell tower power is a different story. It is an exciting source of technical and business innovation running at warp speeds. Global climate change is driving the evolution of renewable green energy, new government regulations, and more effective disaster preparedness. And let’s not forget Internet of Things (IoT). IoT can only scale up to the massive scale required if cheap, reliable power is available on demand.


February 22, 2016

Westell Technologies Introduces a FirstNet Ready Repeater Solution

Westell announces that it has released its latest in-building repeater solution. The PS51080 is designed to provide customers with the ability to install an in-building repeater that will meet both the existing public safety communication regulations and allow customers to prepare for future mandates and nationwide network deployments for emergency and disaster preparedness communications.

2015

October 27, 2015

Passive Components: Now DAS What We’re Talking About!

Commercial wireless users consistently demand reliable communications inside office and residential buildings for both business and personal needs. Additionally, across the nation, efforts to develop and implement national level model codes for public safety in-building communications are steadily underway.


September 16, 2015

You’ll Never Catch Me, Copper – Intelligent Site Management Risks and Rewards

From 2006-2008, there were more than 13,000 reported incidents for it. Between 2010 and 2012, the number of incidents rose to 32,000. In 2011, more than $319 billion in insurance premiums were written, with an estimated 80 percent of them designed to help provide protection against it. In 2013, CNBC called it an epidemic sweeping across the US. In 2014, it was reported that the amount of it successfully stolen and redeemed exceeded $1 billion annually. What is it? Copper theft, of course.


July 1, 2015

Westell Technologies’ ClearLink DAS addresses “near-far” data problem

Westell Technologies introduced the ClearLink DAS, a distributed antenna system that the company says can solve the "near-far" issue. In other words, when a device gets a data signal from a DAS and a simultaneous signal from a distant macro tower, performance can be degraded.


June 25, 2015

DAS What We’re Talking About!

In-building distributed antenna systems (DASs) are used to enhance cellular coverage within buildings to provide wireless customers better coverage and capacity while simultaneously greatly enhancing the user experience. Sounds simple, right? Well, it’s not. And not all DAS solutions are the same. What’s more, most only solve coverage and/or capacity issues without consideration of performance degradation caused by DAS Near-Far.


June 8, 2015

Common Habits of Highly Effective Site Technicians

It is well known that a sound Intelligent Site Management (ISM) solution enables technicians to react to issues associated with network infrastructure in real-time as well as plan for issues that are likely to occur, proactively.


May 13, 2015

The Inevitable Need to Migrate to IPv6 Persists – What’s Your Integration Strategy?

Even considering the rapid depletion of IPv4 addresses worldwide, and the fact that IPv6 has been around since 1999, there are still many companies who have yet to migrate to IPv6 technology. While IPv6 is a proven, finished technology, the sticking point to transitioning is a solid migration and integration strategy. Can you make it work without jeopardizing your current infrastructure visibility and management? If you answered “No,” you’re not alone.


May 6, 2015

The Effect of Both DAS and Environmental Parameters on Near-Far

In previous issues of RCR Wireless News, we discussed Near-Far and its effect on in-building DAS performance, which included details on uplink and downlink Near-Far. For more details, check out our recent editorial posts: “Effect on In-Building DAS Performance,” “Uplink Near-Far: Causing Degraded DAS Performance,” and “Downlink Near-Far and the Impact on Non-users in DAS Coverage Zones.”


April 22, 2015

Downlink Near-Far and the Impact on Non-users in DAS Coverage Zones

In previous issues of RCR, we discussed Near-Far and its “Effect on In-Building DAS Performance” and “Uplink Near-Far: Causing Degraded DAS Performance”. Near-Far is a term describing performance reduction when a mobile device is operating within a DAS coverage area, but is being serviced by a distant macro cell tower.


April 8, 2015

Uplink Near-Far: Causing Degraded DAS Performance

Near-Far affects people on the DAS (participants) as well as those in the DAS coverage area who are not on the DAS (non-participants). When people on the DAS are affected, the instance is known as uplink Near-Far. Conversely, when those not on the DAS are affected, it is known as downlink Near-Far.