As offices adapt to new working practices and the working day becomes less traditional, the prospect of hot-desking and mobile working is becoming the norm. With this in mind, office block landlords are looking for ways to make their premises more desirable for possible tenants.
Small cell technology is a revolution that has helped businesses across the globe improve their indoor 3G and 4G signal services. It can be questioned as to how important this is in a society powered by fibre optic broadband, however, there will always be a need for a reliable mobile network. With 5G on the horizon, more people will be relying on a strong mobile network than ever before.
Compared to other systems, small cell solutions are a sure-fire way to keep running costs low while ensuring a quick deployment. We’ve put together a comprehensive list of why small cell technology is a better choice than legacy in-building solutions (e.g. Distributed Antenna Systems – DAS).
Reduced deployment time
Small cells can take as little as 3-4 months to deploy compared with 12-18 months as has been the industry practice. This significant reduction in start-up time is a major benefit allowing business owners and landlords to roll out reliable indoor mobile network quicker than any other method.
Proven operator connection
Small cell technology delivers with all operators as can be seen from Opencell having 86 such systems live. Opencell works closely with all four of the UK’s mobile network providers to ensure everyone can take advantage of our small cell technology. There is no additional operator connection fee as the base station equipment resides in the small cell, unlike DAS where it needs a separate base station plus a dedicated backhaul equating to thousands of pounds – small cells offer a huge cost saving.
Lower installation costs
On top of saving money on operator connection fees, the general installation cost of small cell technology is approximately £130k based on a 130k sq. ft. building. Again, this is significantly less than the £200k bill you are likely to receive with a DAS installation.
Lower annual running costs
Based on a 130k sq. ft. building, small cell devices will cost on average £551 a year to run, often a minor addition to your current utility costs. On the other hand, running a DAS system can set you back £6,885 for the same sized building. Not only is this a reduction in your energy costs but contributes to reducing your carbon footprint.
The clue is in the name – small cell technology is small. We use minimal space in your communications room (typically 3U) whereas DAS can take up to 12-16 racks and 25m2 of room space! This vast saving on space ensures small cell technology remains unobtrusive in the workplace.
If you’re looking for a way to boost mobile signal indoors, whether in an office, hospital or college, contact Opencell today. Our team of technical experts are on hand to provide you with all the information you need to take your project further.
For more information on the cost of implementing small cells, you can download our small cell vs DAS PDF.
8 October 2018