Connected Real Estate Magazine - Vol 1 Issue 2 - 58
IN BUILDING & DAS
(WIA), tier-one venue opportunities-including sports stadiums,
entertainment facilities and other
indoor venues that average more than
500,000 square feet-have slowed.
But these venues represent only
about 30% of the in-building market
for wireless deployments. Mid-tier
venues are now becoming the biggest
growth areas for DAS.
"Technology is evolving quickly,"
noted Lodder. " Everything is getting
better, faster and cheaper. Radios are
getting smaller and deployment scenarios are getting more feasible." And
that means Boingo can deploy a mix of
technologies that not only effectively
address data traffic but can help drive
the cost of deployments down.
Moreover, Boingo has embraced
Network Functions Virtualization
(NFV ). NFV is the concept of replacing dedicated network hardware-
such as routers and firewalls-with
software running on commercial
servers. This allows Boingo to optimize service creation, activation and
assurance by using cloud-based technology. Lodder said 90% of Boingo's
data center is virtualized, which means
there is significantly less time needed
to make physical network adjustments
The convergence of technologies
and network capabilities can be confusing to venue owners, but once they
do their research, Boingo is often the
top choice, Lodder said.
"I always tell customers that the
more they research, the more likely
they will choose us," said Lodder.
"The bigger obstacles are around execution...being on the right side with
carriers, how long a design can take
and placements of antennas."
Boingo says it holds a critical distinction: Its neutral host approach
generates among the highest per-carrier participation in the industry as it
holds strategic partnerships with all
Tier 1 carriers for DAS, small cell and
Boingo is also no stranger to
deployment obstacles. Perhaps the
biggest testament to Boingo's deployment expertise is the company's
Wi-Fi and cellular networks
are converging-to the point
where, eventually, wireless users
will be able to move within
Wi-Fi and cellular coverage in
a seamless manner.
agreement with the Port Authority
of New York & New Jersey to install
and operate DAS and Wi-Fi networks
within the new World Trade Center
Transportation Hub (Oculus) in New
York. The end result of the project
was Boingo designing and managing
a multi-carrier DAS network for the
iconic venue that serves approximately
250,000 daily commuters and millions of annual visitors from around
the world. This cellular DAS system
provides comprehensive coverage to
approximately 800,000 square feet.
Boingo also installed high-density
Wi-Fi networks, providing complimentary Wi-Fi access to visitors in
the transportation hub, retail spaces
and other core locations.
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The Oculus is a significant architectural statement. It's an estimated
$3.7-billion structure that serves as
a connection between New Jersey's
PATH trains and New York City's
subways. Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the Oculus
serves as a train station, plaza and
shopping mall adjacent to the September 11 memorial site.
Calatrava said the Oculus resembles a bird being released from a
child's hand. Indeed, the building is
an arched, elliptical structure that is
approximately 350-feet long and 115
feet across at its widest point. The steel
ribs that form the Oculus extend upward like outspread wings to form two
canopies that rise to a height of about
168 feet above grade.
Naturally, placing antennas for DAS
and Wi-Fi networks were challenging.
The architectural restrictions and geometry of the building that included large
open spaces, corridors and a train station
created a labyrinth of challenges.
"The aesthetic requirements were
incredible. But through much collaboration, we were able to meet the venue's
wireless needs, while aligning the
project with architectural demands,"
Through much persistence, negotiation and redesign, Boingo managed
to get all of its antenna placements
approved. In the end, the company's
hard work paid off as in late 2016 on
the opening day of the Hub, the DAS
and Wi-Fi networks ran seamlessly.
"Designing high performance DAS
and Wi-Fi for a beautifully designed
venue that stands for so much marks
one of Boingo's proudest achievements," added Lodder.
To learn more about Boingo, contact Doug Lodder at
310-586-4023 or firstname.lastname@example.org