Broadband Communities

MAR-APR 2019

BROADBAND COMMUNITIES is the leading source of information on digital and broadband technologies for buildings and communities. Our editorial aims to accelerate the deployment of Fiber-To-The-Home and Fiber-To-The-Premises.

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1 6 | B R O A D B A N D C O M M U N I T I E S | w w w. b r o a d b a n d c o m m u n i t i e s . c o m | M A R C H / A P R I L 2 0 1 9 PROPERTY OF THE MONTH Making Mobile Service an Amenity: Fourth and Madison, Seattle, Washington Wireless coverage in office buildings is no longer a nice-to-have feature. It's now something that business tenants expect. Seattle's Fourth and Madison wants to stand out from the crowded office property pack by enhancing mobile coverage for its business tenants. Our thanks to Conner Hayes, assistant property manager of Hines, and Thom Antonopoulos, executive vice president of Connectivity Wireless Solutions, for helping gather information for this profile. By Sean Buckley / Broadband Communities A s one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, Seattle is a desirable area for real estate developers to locate office properties, and Fourth and Madison is no exception. Built in 2002, Fourth and Madison is located on the southwest corner of Fourth and Madison streets, two blocks west of the Madison exit off route I-5 in Seattle's central business district. Hines, Fourth and Madison's property manager, responded to businesses' desire for robust wireless connectivity by employing Connectivity Wireless Solutions (CWS) and its sister company Simplifi Wireless Group (SWG) to implement a distributed antenna system, or DAS. Using direct feeds from wireless operators, a DAS can boost weak outside wireless signals and use the exterior antenna to catch and amplify those signals inside. As a neutral host system, Fourth and Madison's DAS supports all wireless carriers' signals. Conner Hayes, assistant property manager of Hines, says the DAS addresses wireless coverage issues that resulted from the building's architecture. "One of the major challenges of the Fourth and Madison building is that the reinforced concrete and steel beams that run through the building create a lot of dead spots, so you don't get the greatest cellular connectivity, and sometimes you get no cellular connectivity at all," Hayes says. "Implementing a DAS allows us to cover the gaps and offer full bars at each level for our tenants." Supporting the top four wireless operators, CWS and SWG installed neutral host in-building DAS (iDAS) and outdoor DAS (oDAS) systems. om Antonopoulos, EVP of CWS, says its installation processes are designed to minimize impacts to the building's tenants. "We went floor by floor and worked off-hours, and we have cleanup crews that came right behind us to address any issues," he says. "When we're working in a customer's space, we make sure we've got the right processes so nothing is disturbed, and then we do our main work in the telecom closet." An added value to participating wireless operators is that the oDAS antennas on the sixth-floor balcony

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