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40 Tenth Avenue: Active DAS Built on the ADRF Platform in a Landmark Midtown Manhattan Building

Upgraded Midtown Manhattan skyrise equipped with 5G-Ready ADRF DAS in advance of opening

Building Size
143,582 sq. ft.
System Type
Cellular DAS
Carriers
AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile
Location
Manhattan, New York
Building Type
Corporate, Office, Commercial
Industry
Corporate Space
DAS Vendor
ADRF
Technology
Small Cell Fiber DAS

1. The Problem

40 Tenth's award-winning building had weak cell signal throughout and wanted to future-proof for 5G and smart building technologies

40 Tenth DAS System Ceiling Antennas

Joining the ranks of New York City’s most iconic office buildings, 40 Tenth Avenue is the boutique building of today, and next big thing for the world’s most prominent companies. Overlooking the High Line and close to the West Village, Chelsea, and Tribeca, this is the only address for those who want a Class A experience in the heart of the city’s most dynamic location. With a design by award-winning architecture firm Studio Gang, unprecedented light and air, and incredible views in every direction, 40 Tenth establishes a new benchmark for today’s businesses.

During the sound system install, sound engineers discovered significant signal issues. The issue ultimately came down to several factors including:

● The building's location on the Hudson in busy Midtown Manhattan.

● The use of Low-E glass externally and throughout the building, which significantly degraded signal penetration, acting as a wall for radio signals.

● Various building materials that were used in construction including concrete, metal, and steel; all of which attenuated carrier signals.

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

An ADRF active DAS system powered by AT&T and Verizon small cells.

40 Tenth Cellular DAS Head-End

40 Tenth is a high end mixed office space located in Midtown Manhattan along the Hudson. With different tenants occupying the various floors, the owners weren't initially aware of the coverage issues. When contractors working on the various floors raised the same signal issues, RSRF was contacted.

The initial consultation and site review revealed that Low-E glass was a big culprit in the signal degradation. In addition, the floors of the building had more offices than originally projected and the materials used throughout, including concrete, steel, and various metals, all contributed to the problem. The location also contributed to the signal problems with traffic from the streets and the Hudson causing network congestion at certain points in the day.

The client was looking specifically for improved service with all carriers and needed a solution that was robust enough to provide consistent full-bar service throughout the multi-story, multi-tenant facility.

RSRF determined that the best solution would be to deploy an ADRF active DAS head-end unit powered by small cells. This kind of active DAS is especially useful in cases like this.

3. The Results

A robust solution that supports 5G and smart building technology today and incorporates future-proofing to extend the value of the infrastructure investment

40 Tenth DAS System

Powering an active DAS with small cell equipment is a unique solution that dramatically improves performance while minimizing costs. Small cells are easily upgradable to accommodate more users should the need ever arise, and the modular nature of the ADRF DAS allows the addition of 5G frequencies and technologies when the need arises.

The solution was designed with Active DAS because the donor signals were not that strong. The ADRF unit needed enough power to cover the square footage and any existing or future walls. The basement and 1st floor had dedicated units because of the demand for signal in these high square footage areas.

Placing an amplifier unit on every other floor was a cost-effective way to extend signal range while ensuring optimal transmission of carrier voice and data signals.

The result is that this iconic multi-tenant office building overlooking the High Line and close to the West Village, Chelsea, and Tribeca maintained the integrity of its design while upgrading cellular coverage to a new benchmark for today’s businesses.

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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