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Top 5 In-Building Wireless Mistakes to Avoid

Providing simple Wi-Fi access in your building only gets you halfway. Read why this really is a mistake you should avoid.

The Wrong Decision Can Cripple Your Investment

Let’s say that you are on the building management team of a 750,000 square-foot commercial office building. You work with tenants, leasing brokers, the building owner, visitors and vendors passing in, out and around your building. It’s busy to say the least.

Maybe you’ve been hearing complaints from these people that “I lose my cell phone signal every time I come inside your building.” So why should you be concerned? Why is this now your problem?

“Competitive leasing markets can drive you into a defensive mode as your building competes for new tenants, higher leasing rates, longer leasing terms and higher lease retentions,” says Mark Horinko, president of Airwavz. “Now you’ve discovered that there are companies that can design, install and maintain actual wireless infrastructure platforms inside your building to solve all of those complaints.”

But what do you look for with an in-building wireless company? Before you know “what’s right” maybe you should know “what’s wrong.”

Number 1

Believing Wi-Fi is All You Need

An in-building cellular network works hand-in-hand with Wi-Fi, providing enhanced data security, LTE data coverage and capacity, and the ability to consistently make calls from a wireless device. Wi-Fi only gets you halfway there.

Number 2

Falling Into a One Carrier Trap

A carrier may come knocking on your door offering to construct and operate an in-building wireless network for you free of charge. It’s a guarantee that no other carriers will be able to provide service in your building for a decade or longer.

Number 3

Creating a DIY Disaster

The “build it and they will come” approach just isn’t feasible without carrier relationships and knowledge of their infrastructure priorities. Your in-building wireless system will likely collect dust for years without a single carrier licensed.

Number 4

Paying Too Much for the Wrong Solution

For a scalable multi-wireless carrier solution, including engineering, design, equipment, installation, maintenance and monitoring, a good cost estimate is around $.25 to .30 per RSF/year for a decade.

Number 5

Using Insufficient or Outdated Technology

There are many options, just as there are many equipment manufacturers and vendors, each with a slightly different solution to the in-building wireless opportunity. Be cautious as you explore this major technology investment.

Avoid the Mistakes. Create the Win-Win Relationship.

“A well-planned and executed in-building wireless solution will bring you higher tenant satisfaction, more dollars per square foot in rental income and a higher occupancy rate than the building across the street,” adds Horinko. “Airwavz Solutions expertly designs, engineers, deploys and operates wireless network infrastructure with the goal of increasing in-building cellular performance, benefiting building owners and their tenants.”

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