CommScope, an infrastructure solutions provider for communications networks and Cheytec Telecommunications, recently announced a partnership that will bring radio frequency signal sources for distributed antenna system (DAS) and C-RAN antenna system deployments. The partnership is expected to solve a key challenge for in-building wireless service—the timing and complexity of obtaining permission and connecting to service providers’ (carriers’) networks).
“CommScope’s advanced C-RAN and distributed antenna systems, combined with Cheytec’s operator relationships and pre-arranged service provider signal sources, enable a faster and smoother turn-up for our customers and a simpler path for future upgrades,” CommScope Vice President of Business Operations for distributed coverage and capacity solutions Mike Shumate said in a statement. “Through this partnership, CommScope and Cheytec will help enterprises and building owners meet growing customer and tenant demands for mobile bandwidth.”
“Being able to secure the wireless carrier’s connection to the building has been the most difficult part of the equation for the real estate community,” Cheytec Chief Executive Officer Jarrett Bluth told Connected Real Estate Magazine. “The CommScope/Cheytec partnership will allow property owners to leverage our combined capabilities to obtain a state-of-the-art in-building wireless system from CommScope with guaranteed carrier connection through Cheytec.”
The partnership comes at an ideal time for the commercial real estate industry because in-building wireless coverage has increasingly become perceived as a utility alongside water and electricity—wireless coverage is no longer a luxury, but a necessity for employees and customers.
According to Mobile Experts LLC, the number of DAS installations that enterprises and building owners fund will nearly double during the next five years. CommScope has pioneered digital DAS and C-RAN antenna systems that deliver optimal mobile performance combined with attractive deployment economics. Its partnership with Cheytec will further accelerate deployments by eliminating the dependency on the service providers, such as Verizon.
“We are increasingly dependent on our cell phones, and that is driving our decisions on where we go, where we work and where we live,” Bluth said in a statement. “It has never been more necessary for building owners and enterprises to provide full indoor cellular connectivity if they want tenants and employees to come and stay. At Cheytec, we guarantee the carrier signal source. CommScope has a great market presence, and our partnership is exciting as we expand the capabilities of both our companies and provide a strong value offering.”
CommScope and Cheytec working together will not just benefit commercial real estate owners, but each other as well, according to Bluth.
“CommScope benefits by adding the ability to satisfy customer demand for full turnkey in-building wireless solutions that include Cheytec’s guaranteed signal source from the wireless carriers,” he told Connected. “Cheytec benefits from CommScope’s deep market penetration, and leverages its large and experienced sales force providing an exciting path for us both to expand our market reach.”