Connected Real Estate Magazine - Vol 1 Issue 2 - 61
IN BUILDING & DAS
Chapman. "So now it's more of the mesh networks, campuses
and small to medium-sized facilities."
While many companies are focusing on the so-called middleprise, or commercial buildings from roughly 100,000 to
500,000 square feet, Chapman said there remain plenty of large
venue enterprise venues that still require in-building systems.
"There have been several NFL teams and large facilities that have purchased their own DAS," said Chapman.
"They've discovered they can make money leasing space
back to the carriers. I think that's going to be the next wave
- enterprise-owned midsize to small hotels and buildings.
There's a market there, but I think it's going to get over-run
Chapman said there is a lot of crossover in skillsets between
its legacy cellular tower work and its current small cell and
distributed antenna system deployments. The company offers
total network services with a focus on in-house resources for
a variety of projects. GTS has its own staff of engineers to
guide projects for clients, including an RF engineer possessing
Level 3 iBwave certification who does network design and
assists with in-process deployment when optimization and
design changes are required. GTS also utilizes the equipment
and skillsets from its broadband and construction divisions
to perform large small cell deployments for carriers and neutral-host system owners.
In addition, as a general contractor that does work nationwide, the company can handle all physical aspects of site
building, from shelter sets to headend builds, including land
clearing, concrete pouring, building construction, HVAC and
electrical work. Chapman said everything leading up to the
DAS and small cell network itself is within its capabilities,
from network cabling, to antennas, to fiber-optic cable work
all the way to the final finesse work and commissioning and
turnover to the customer.
Headquartered in Canton, Georgia, the company works on
multiple large projects at any given time and sets up temporary local offices to support those projects.
"One thing that separates GTS from most of its competitors is owning all of our own equipment - fiber gear,
bucket trucks, drill rigs and so on," said Chapman. "On large
projects that require these disciplines, we do most of the
work in-house. Many contractors would rely more heavily on
subcontractors. When we are doing pole lines or long-haul
underground projects, we self-perform the bulk of the work.
It allows for greater flexibility and tighter quality control. It's
A trend that is driving business in the commercial real
estate market is the need for public-safety in-building coverage, which is mandated in many municipalities. Chapman
said often public-safety contractors are legacy two-way radio
companies that aren't up to speed on the latest technology.
"We have the ability to come in and tell a customer we
may not provide the lowest price, but we can offer a much
more robust, quality long-term network for your public-safety
needs," said Chapman. "It can be a struggle to make the sale,
when competing with other companies that don't understand
the most current network solutions available today. A building
owner can realize a much better bang for the buck over the
long term by purchasing a state-of-the-art network solution."
There are multiple challenges network providers must
tackle. Chapman said one of the biggest challenges facing
in-building deployments is how to effectively optimize the
physical footprint of the equipment inside facilities, from
power, to cabling and active equipment. To building owners,
every inch of real estate is a valuable commodity.
"I believe a smaller physical presence in these buildings
is going to be important," said Chapman. To save space on
DC power cabling and conduit in facilities, the company has