The first wave of in-building products designed for the next generation cellular 5G network is starting to emerge. Among them is a 5G enhanced indoor distributed antenna system (DAS) called iDas Appeal designed by Telewave, a San Jose-based manufacturer of RF system products.
The company says it developed the iDAS Appeal suite in response to growing demand from service operators to deploy IoT for in-building applications to reduce operational cost, improve public safety, and to enhance tenant experiences.
The iDAS Appeal antenna, which is designed to enhance in-building cellular performance, comes equipped with an increased number of public safety VHF/UHF and FirstNet bands for emergency first responders and Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS).
“As major telcos and in-building communications providers roll out their 5G services, the Telewave iDAS Appeal solution offers systems integrators, architects, and infrastructure developers an attractive solution that covers all key selection criteria,“ said Bob Saffari, VP of Marketing & Sales for Telewave.
The in-building antenna serves ultra-wideband coverage including UHF-SHF-LTE-WiFi CBRS and sub 6GHz 5G frequencies.
The DAS solution includes a wide range of rooftop antennas in conjunction with passive element components, including low PIM high-efficiency ceiling and wall mounted antennas, low PIM low loss wide-band power splitters, low PIM and low loss hybrid and directional couplers, and low PIM termination loads.
According to Telewave, the new DAS offering has lower equipment and implementation costs due to design features which minimize the number of antennas needed to cover desired areas and frequencies.
Telewave’s product development strategy was to ensure that the system was designed for IoT sensors and devices.
“We see a plethora of a new type of sensors that are intelligent, capable of processing and capturing more data, and continuously sending information for remote monitoring, AI, and predictive analytics,” said Saffari.
“All this data expansion requires increased bandwidth within the building, with an urgent need for higher quality, more robust but advanced RF subsystems that seamlessly integrate with sensors. That combination is Telewave’s sweet spot. We offer the best price/performance of iDAS antennas in this class.”
The iDAS solution which also supports CBRS enables carriers to add coverage and capacity and boost data rates on a licensed, unlicensed or dual basis.
The company says the offering also provides an alternative path for IoT connectivity and changes the way DAS is owned and operated by neutral hosts.
iDAS Appeal was exhibited at IWCE in Las Vegas earlier this month and will be available in the third quarter of 2019.