I get asked questions about small cell deployments all the time. The first question is “how can I do the deployments?” and the second question is, “how can we deploy small cells and DAS systems efficiently for less money?” Most people don’t know the end to end process of what it takes to deploy. Once you learn the process you can start to dissect it to build a better process.
All the questions add up. What are the differences between indoors and outdoors? What are all the steps? Why is it so expensive? Do you still need to optimize? Do you need to do e911 with LTE small cells? What can be done to make it more efficient?
Introducing the “Wireless Deployment Handbook for LTE Small Cells and DAS”. Written for the deployment teams.
A document to help the deployment teams understand the end to end process. The handoffs are very important. Covering deployments to make them easy to understand. This will be a living document to be updated as the industry changes, (the great thing about eBooks is that you can update it and send the updates out to the people who bought it). See all the steps that cover end to end deployment. Look at the planning and how it is laid out. This will help the teams that are planning to go from macro deployments to small cells. Look at this as a tool for learning all the steps and how to plan for your part. Why not learn from my mistakes?
For me, this has been a learning process over the past 3 years. The original thought is that it would be a “cell site” but smaller, which it is, but I learned quickly that the model is cost prohibitive. The backhaul is still an issue The process has evolved and I realize now that the models have to be cost effective to sell. So I thought I would record what I have learned by putting together a book that would outline the end to end deployment process.
Where to get it!
A partial table of contents so you can see what’s covered!
Naming Overview (Abbreviations and Acronyms)
A Quick Note on Deployments
What is a Heterogeneous Network?
What is a Small Cell?
Why Install Small Cells?
What is CRAN?
Why Install CRAN?
CRAN Deployment Notes
What is DAS?
Why Install DAS?
DAS or Small Cells?
Will DAS and Small Cells Work Together?
What is a Mini Macro?
Why Install Mini Macro Cells?
How Does Wi-Fi Fit In?
What is LTE-U?
Carrier Aggregation with Wi-Fi, LTE-U, and LTE
Connections – Backhaul and Fronthaul
Backhaul and Fronthaul Options
CRAN and Fronthaul and oDAS
What is involved in deployment?
Value in Partnerships
Installation Skills for Small Cell, DAS, and CRAN
Mounting the Small Cell or CRAN RRH
Strand Mounting Notes
Stealth Mounting Notes
Overcoming Challenges: Problems and Planning
RF Coverage versus Offloading
Permitting and Zoning Challenges
Backhaul and Fronthaul Challenges
Don’t you think it’s about time that the end to end deployment is laid out so that field workers get a good understanding of wireless deployment of small cells and DAS for the carriers? I do, so I took a few months to put together this deployment handbook to give a view of the end to end deployment steps for LTE small cells, DAS and CRAN. Why? Because this will help you make your part of the process easier. Helping you plan and build a price model. You may not be the lowest bidder, but you will be the smartest bidder. Plan ahead for not only the pricing but also the work flow. Handoffs were a problem in the past since the teams didn’t know what was next. When the teams are all on the same page then the process becomes more efficient. Most people think it’s just the installation, but there’s so much more when you look at it end to end
“Plan ahead” is more than a saying, its good business. LTE small cell and DAS can be confusing. This book will help you understand, in layman terms, what is happening out there. The learning process can be costly, so why not get an edge? Knowledge is power and having a reference really helps.
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