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Is employee productivity being disrupted by poor cellular service?

Posted by Green Mountain on May 29,2015

In today’s competitive business environment, your employees have to rely more and more on fast, secure wireless connections. If the cellular connection in your business cuts out or experiences weak spots and dead zones, your employees may not have the access they need at critical times. Various industry estimates report that 80% of mobile device use occurs indoors. It's no surprise that poor coverage in your facility could be affecting the efficiency, productivity, and satisfaction of your workforce.

The ‘always on, always available’ nature of business today is straining the coverage and capacity of cellular networks. Many companies are finding that Wi-Fi networks alone are no longer meeting their needs in terms of secure and reliable mobile device access. The good news is there are solutions that will compliment your Wi-Fi system and dramatically improve cellular coverage in-building while also providing another layer of security if your Wi-Fi network is compromised.

Increasingly, businesses are implementing a Distributed Antenna System (DAS) to ensure that 4G coverage and capacity is available throughout their facilities. A DAS is a network of wireless connectivity that strategically places antennas throughout an area in order to spread connection through dead zones and increase network capacity. The antennas are physically connected to a central controller and can be active or passive, indoor or outdoor. An outdoor DAS (oDAS) will give a wireless user that seamless connection when moving from building to building or simply while leaving the campus.

If any of the following scenarios are true for your company, you may want to investigate a DAS for your building:

Lack of 4G LTE connection speeds is negatively impacting access at critical times
Many mobile apps require 4G speeds. Voice coverage in your building may be fine, but if a 4G LTE signal is not strong enough inside your building employees, partners, and visitors may not be able to conduct business in your facility. A DAS can be customized by carrier and frequency to improve the efficiency and reliability of cellular coverage in-building.

You have a large or densely populated facility
If you have hundreds or thousands of people in your building, the number of simultaneous users may be too much for the outside signal to handle. A DAS ensures a more reliable wireless connection and expands the capacity of your network, which can get bogged down by high user traffic.

Your building is a LEED-rated energy efficient facility with dead spots that cell sites can’t reach
LEED-rated or ‘green’ buildings can actually repel radio frequency (RF) signals from the outside. This can prevent employees from getting time-sensitive work done and critical information to its destination. The strategic placement of antennas in a DAS helps to alleviate this problem by sending a connection through dead zones and hard to reach areas of a facility.

You want to ensure support for all wireless devices used in your building
Smartphones, tablets, and other personal mobile devices are being used more and more for communication between customers, partners, and employees. To keep up with the demand as mobile data skyrockets, a DAS is a great solution to augment your network and keep up with heavy wireless traffic from a variety of devices.

Through a DAS, your enterprise can improve quality, performance, data speed, and accessibility for employees. When you upgrade to a DAS, dead zones will be reduced and mobile data and voice capacity will improve. Learn more about the benefits of a DAS for your company by calling (603) 717-7117.

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