Distributed Antenna Systems and Small Cell Technologies

Wireless carriers are no longer limited to deploying their networks on macro-cell sites. Carriers can now use various combinations, placements and sizes of equipment to meet demand for mobile data access.

Small cell technologies now work in concert with macro sites and distributed antenna systems (DAS). Small cells enhance broadband capacity and coverage anywhere there is concentrated usage, such as in a business district, shopping mall, or university.

Cities can not only improve their access to mobile communications they can also create new revenue streams by granting access to existing city-owned infrastructure that would serve as a DAS / small cell host.

In recent years, as wireless networks have become capable of providing higher capacity broadband connectivity through small cell and DAS networks, attention has turned to previously untapped opportunities for locating wireless service equipment on sites (assets) closer to ground level. Cities maintain, through either proprietary or regulatory control, substantial infrastructure assets that are of significant value to commercial broadband providers seeking to expand or upgrade their networks.

This emerging market dynamic creates a new context for cities and broadband providers to collaborate in public-private partnerships. Local governments represent the single most substantial owner of aggregated properties on which network equipment may be placed locally. In addition, city/county governments serve as the single most significant arbiter of policies and approvals that impact local network investments.

CNX works on behalf of cities to create public-private partnerships with companies interested in accessing city assets. With our CNX SaaS platform, CNX acts as broker and fiduciary agent to facilitate transactions and use of these properties over time.