February 28, 2017
A host of challenges confront both the enterprise and the mobile service provider when it comes providing DAS to middleprise – venues with less than 500,000 square feet, such as hotels, hospitals, education, retail, corporate and multi-tenant high-rise buildings, according Ken Sandfeld, president of americas, SOLiD.
“For the building owner, the systems are complicated, the installation costs are high, the carriers’ equipment doesn’t scale well, and every wireless service provider has different equipment. In short, the building owner is very uncomfortable with the proposition of solving their in-building licensed band coverage solution,” he said. “There is a whole host of problems on the wireless service provider side: capital costs, return on investment, judging capacity needs and building access.”
At this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, SOLiD is unveiling a portfolio of products to solve these in-building wireless challenges that includes not just new technology but a new business model, as well. The portfolio includes SOLiD Genesis RAX – the Radio Access eXchange, SOLiD Genesis Cloud, SOLiD Genesis DAS and the SOLiD Genesis Marketplace.
The Genesis RAX is a multi-operator, multi-band virtual RAN signal source solution. The signal source simplifies DAS deployment, replacing up to four carrier base stations sending an analog signal to the headend with a digital signal. It is designed to scale quickly from one to 24 sectors and up to 3,000 users.
“Having one piece of gear that does all the operators and all services is absolutely a huge win for everyone involved,” Sandfeld said. “The traditional interface, which consisted of the service providers’ different base stations with an analog connection into the front end of a DAS, was cumbersome and had a whole host of problems. The big changes in these systems are going to come with digital transport at the headend.”
The multi-operator signal source reduces costs and shifts the ownership of the signal source to the building owner, which then will sell capacity and coverage to carrier.
“Genesis will bring the middleprise and the carriers together,” Sandfeld said. “The building owner is going to be the capacity supplier and the wireless service provider is going to be the capacity demander. The Genesis portfolio of solutions is going to provide a supply meets demand solution.”
To do that, SOLiD’s Genesis Marketplace, a cloud application, handles the entire transaction and potential negotiation, setting the price per megabit paid by the carrier and the key performance indicators for the signal provided by the building owners.
“Think of an app that runs in our cloud that brings the business relationship of the service provider and the enterprise together. It has the inventory of all the capacity that is out there, the policy, the pricing, and the analytics for all the financial transactions. KPIs set at the national level,” Sandfeld said.