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DAS: Keeping You Connected One Bar at a Time

Jun 2014

Have you ever been in a high rise or taller structure and realize that your cellular signal drastically reduces? How about trying to send a text or a tweet at a professional sporting event and continuously receiving a "message not sent," error?

As some of you may know, cellular coverage is all the rage these days in the wireless industry. The better geographic coverage a cellular company can provide, the more likely they will be able to properly serve their customers. Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) are a way to alleviate the congestion a common cell site might encounter on a daily basis.

Essentially what a DAS does is carry the signal to places it either may not have gone before or helps provide additional signal support to the cell sites. With the constant inundation of streaming videos, tweets, status updates, GPS and other features a phone provides, the landscape is ever changing in providing quality service. Most of the larger carriers have aggressive plans to expand their DAS throughout highly populated areas.

W-T Communication Design Group's (W-T CDG) DAS capabilities are led by Leslie Freeman. Leslie is a Senior Project Manager and has been working for W-T CDG since 2007. Her DAS experience ranges from hospitals, hotels and high rise commercial buildings to large sporting venues across the nation. W-T's ability to work in all 50 states allows us to quickly mobilize and meet the huge demand that DAS has created.

"What sets us apart from our competition is our knowledge of iBwave and our reach. We have the ability to work with all parties to minimize change orders, thus delivering a project to our client that is on time and budget," said Freeman.

iBwave is an up and coming proprietary software which radio frequency engineers often design DAS in. The system, which is owned by iBwave Solutions based out of Montreal, allows us to utilize heat studies and maps to help in the field. Between this technology and onsite data information, W-T CDG is able to create a cohesive set of construction drawings.

At the Chicagoland Motor Speedway, W-T CDG was brought on board to provide construction drawings for the dirt track, drag strip, NASCAR track, carrier hub, stand, suites, press boxes and parking lot. This project and many others around the country are all in an effort to help better your signal strength and streaming capabilities.

So, the next time you are at a sporting event or up in a high rise downtown, give us a like on LinkedIn or Facebook. Not because we asked you to, but because of DAS, now you can!

For further information, please contact:

Leslie Freeman
Senior Project Manager
Leslie.Freeman@wtengineering.com