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Case Study:

Kennesaw State University: DAS Deployed in Administrative Building

RSRF installed AT&T and Verizon small cells for 4-5 bars of coverage in a four-story university building.

Building Size
105,000 sq. ft.
System Type
Cellular DAS
Carriers
AT&T, Verizon
Location
Atlanta, Georgia
Building Type
University
Industry
Education
DAS Vendor
RSRF
Technology
Small Cell Passive DAS

1. The Problem

A patched-together solution failing to provide coverage or capacity

Kennesaw State is a leading public research university located 30 miles outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Their IT team reached out to us and described poor AT&T and Verizon coverage in one of their 4-story administrative office buildings. The weak signal was causing staff complaints and hindering both communication and productivity in the building.

Kennesaw's IT team had attempted to solve the problem on their own by purchasing and installing five consumer-grade Verizon "network extenders" and placing them in various areas throughout the facility.

However, these devices weren't providing the capacity or coverage necessary to provide the widespread, consistent coverage that the building's occupants needed.

Our Process

Simple, from start to finish

1. Initial Budgetary Estimate
< 1 week
2. Design & On-Site Visit
1 to 3 weeks
3. Final Proposal
1 week
4. DAS Deployment
4-12 weeks upon approval

2. The Solution

Enterprise-grade small cells provide coverage on a budget

Kennesaw was looking specifically for improved service with AT&T and Verizon, and they needed a solution robust enough to provide 5-bar service throughout the building. Based on these requirements and an understanding of their budgetary constraints, we jointly determined that the best solution was an AT&T and Verizon small cell passive DAS.

This was a bureaucratic and formal bidding process involving multiple departments and approval from officials at the university and state level. The RFP required extensive explanation and clarification of the technology and implementation process. The overall proposal and approval process took almost 6 months.

Only two vendors were able to complete the bidding process due to its complexity. Of those two bids, only RSRF's met the budgetary requirements and included both the DAS and the signal sources necessary to get the system online.

3. The Results

5 bars of coverage with ongoing consulting services and system maintenance

RSRF installed one small cell each for Verizon and AT&T, connecting both back to the carrier's core networks over the university's Internet connection.

Because the small cells require minimal carrier coordination, the signal sources were fully online within a couple of days of the DAS being completed. Administrative staff in the building were able to enjoy fast data rates, stable calls, and improved cellular connectivity within just a couple of weeks of the deployment beginning.

Although Kennesaw didn't want to add T-Mobile initially, the DAS is set up and ready to add T-Mobile should it become necessary.

The RSRF solution provides excellent signal, stable coverage, and will work for years to come. The RSRF team will remain available to the university for future projects, consultation work, and ongoing maintenance of the RSRF solution.

How we're different

A partner you can trust: from quote to close-out
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Vendor and Technology Neutral

We believe that no one DAS technology is right for every application. There are no silver bullets.

Instead, we carefully select the right technology for the specific signal conditions and requirements of your building.

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A Deep Expertise in DAS Technology

DAS is the only thing we do.

We act as your domain expert and advocates. We help you get your questions answered, and guide you to the best solution for your unique needs.

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Careful Planning, Regular Communication

Projects succeed when they’re planned carefully. We take our client’s trust seriously, ensuring that projects are delivered on time and on budget.

At every stage, we’ll keep every stakeholder, including you, in the loop. You’ll never wonder what’s happening next.
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