New E-Book Takes Comprehensive Look at Coverage
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 | Comments
As we all know, coverage is imperative for mission-critical communications. If you don’t have a signal, you can’t communicate — whether you are talking over a two-way radio or sending video on a broadband device.

In our industry, losing a signal can mean a life or death situation, so the importance of coverage is front and center in every land mobile network on the air. Network designers spend most of their time determining how to get the best coverage from a two-way radio network, including what towers, antennas, distributed antenna systems (DAS), base stations and repeaters, and in-building coverage technology are necessary to achieve an operator’s coverage needs.

Coverage should be front and center for public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) and any other mission-critical voice or data networks in the planning or construction stages. As the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and AT&T put together state plans, listening to local and state officials is essential to ensure the plans offer the coverage each state needs to confidently opt into the FirstNet network.

The cost for adding and enhancing coverage is generally expensive, but if LTE networks are ever to replace voice networks, coverage must at least match what mission-critical communications users have now because lives depend on the connection. Extensive coverage testing should take place before any users move from a trusted, reliable mobile radio network to broadband systems.

We just released a new e-book that covers all the essential pieces to ensuring strong coverage. The e-book has four sections that address digital LMR technology, DAS, LTE and alternative coverage options. We think the information in the e-book will be helpful to your network enhancements and buildouts, especially as mission-critical communications users rely more on digital technology, DAS and LTE.

You can download the e-book here. As always, let us know if we hit all your coverage questions or if you have suggestions.

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