In developing markets network coverage is often a significant problem, with many people outside of major cities having trouble getting connections because of poor telecoms infrastructure in their area.
The lack of wireless access points means that half of the world’s population doesn’t use the internet – even if they do have internet-enabled devices. While this is an important issue, it still doesn’t make economic sense for communications service providers (CSPs) to invest heavily in telecoms infrastructure in areas outside of major cities, due to the low density of users.
That being the case, rural areas still need dependable wireless access – especially during major sporting events. A clear example of this was seen during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The stadium and surrounding areas had to ramp up to a massive amount of coverage in a short amount of time, when normally this area had a low density of mobile users and did not require a high level of coverage. During situations like this, what is the best way for operators to handle peaks in usage?
To save money and avoid the high costs of building out an entirely new infrastructure, operators can address these peaks in usage by deploying dynamic solutions such as digital DAS. By using digital DAS, CSPs can intelligently route existing network resources to where it’s needed, when it’s needed, ensuring that no useable resources are wasted. In addition, government organisations in these areas may change regulations to create new networks using previously restricted spectrum or airwaves, and they can use solutions such as DAS to route wireless connectivity to exactly where and when it is needed –such as at the stadium during the beginning of an important game. Using digital DAS saves operators money because it allows them to intelligently route wireless coverage, reducing the waste of network resources. They can use the network resources that they already have in place and simply utilize them in more efficient ways through DAS.
Albert Lee is the CEO of Dali Wireless.