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How In-Building Wireless Can Impact Property Values & Tenant Options

When seeking long-term tenants within any building space, the building must be well-maintained with value-add amenities. Those involved with operations must also be able to work efficiently, and tenants need to maintain employee productivity. However, most of this cannot be achieved without an effective and robust in-building wireless (IBW) solution.

Faster and more reliable Internet access are today's core values as our lives become more and more built on connectivity. Having solid wireless services increases tenant satisfaction as well as property values.

Why Location Means Everything for IBW

In the last decade, high-value “location” might have been close proximity to good restaurants and mass transit, and the right neighborhood. But now, it also means reliable and robust wireless coverage. While it might not be specifically noted in a lease or building contract, effective IBW is a value-add requirement for tenants and property managers.

When considering IBW, property managers should take into consideration building layouts, distance to the nearest wireless tower, construction materials, and surrounding terrains.

Note some of the factors that could cause connectivity issues within any current or new construction building:

  • LEED-Certified Windows
  • Wi-Fi Routers Placed Within the Building's Lower Region
  • High-Density Construction Materials (e.g.) concrete and steel
  • Current WiFi Solution Can't Support Cellular Service
  • Security Issues

Proactive, Easy IBW Options & Solutions

If you've encountered any of the aforementioned issues, the bright spot is you don’t need to move to another building, or other costly investments. There are plenty of easier (and economical) options:

Wireless LAN or WLAN (WiFi): These use either residential- or enterprise-grade equipment to create data connectivity to both local services and the internet. WiFi is particularly useful for smaller spaces and workforces.

Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS): Segmented into commercial and public safety categories, DAS is an indoor antenna solution tied to multiple wireless carriers’ networks providing voice and data services. They are well positioned around targeted places to fulfill the requirement of additional cellular coverage.

Small Cell & Femtocell Network: These are a series of active access points connecting over low-voltage cabling within the building to create voice and data services for the single wireless carrier. The indoor network is linked to the outside world with a dedicated or shared internet connection.

Improving Your Building's Wireless Connectivity Options

These are all different options to improve your connectivity, boost tenants satisfaction, and elevate property values. Wireless service consumption is growing, and you simply cannot afford to have a building with poor network connections This is especially important as wireless connectivity is rapidly on its way to become a key occupancy criteria for commercial properties.

Airtower Networks provides customized solutions such as cellular, managed WiFi, private LTE, and more for seamless in-building connectivity, enhanced productivity, and a competitive bottom line. Connect with us today to commence your wireless networking journey!