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Holding its Own: IBTUF IX

By Mike Collado
January 26th, 2015

The ninth annual Verizon In-Building Technology Users Forum (IBTUF) stood strong and focused last week in spite of the buzz around the spectacular meltdown (or come-from-behind victory, depending upon team loyalties) during the NFC Championship Game and the 2015 Texas Inauguration.

Following the trend of recent industry events, the agenda at IBTUF included hot topics such as Small Cells, Public-Safety, CPRI and C-RAN (a/k/a Cloud RAN or Centralized RAN which, notably, have two different implied meanings).

We at SOLiD enjoy a good debate and, therefore, applaud the inclusion of these topics on the agenda. So here’s our take…

  • Small Cells: The promise of quick and inexpensive operator-specific densification continues to be slowed by the realities of an absence of a repeatable process for backhaul, site acquisition and network management. The industry says 2015 will be a year of significant progress for small cells but we’ve heard that before. See more here, here and here.
  • Public-Safety: The relationship wireless operators have with public-safety is a lot like oil and water – the two sides don’t naturally mix (see Donny Jackson’s front row seat commentary when this was debated recently at LTE North America). Operators cite technology, liability, financial and network management as key objections to getting involved in public-safety. Through FirstNet, it seems that involvement is inevitable but clearly there’s a wide chasm to cross which informs that, for now, commercial and public-safety networks will be separate layers.
  • CPRI: The selling point of CPRI is reduced TCO – both CAPEX (eliminates need for POI conditioning) and OPEX (power and temperature efficiencies) – by interfacing directly between the head-end and base station. However, it’s hardly an open standard as each network equipment vendor has their own unique interface flavor. Plus take-up for “digital DAS” solutions has been slowed globally and particularly in North America. See analyst Joe Madden’s insights here.
  • C-RAN:  Whether the meaning of “C” refers to “Cloud” or “Centralized”, this is a strategic approach to enable operators to deploy new technologies and services both faster and more cost-effectively to achieve accelerated time-to-revenue over the long run. Initial deployments have been in Asia which makes sense given the dense urban areas and that operators own the fiber (SOLiD fronthaul solutions support one of the world’s first and largest C-RAN deployments for SK Telecom). But the U.S. is different than Asia due to expansive geography and who owns the fiber. For C-RAN to find a home here, the data tsunami must become significantly unmanageable.


As always, it was wonderful to network with our customer, partners and friends in the wireless industry. See y’all next year!



Welcome to Austin!



The home of IBTUF two years and running.



Folks came near and far to see us. So, maybe it had something to do with us updating the score of the NFC Championship game!



Anticipation… The booth build up



SOLiD booth compound



CityDAS outdoor densification street pillar (a collaboration with ConcealFab and Galtronics) hosts DAS, Small Cell, WiFi, Public-Safety and Lighting, and is deployment-ready with power, meter and cutoff plus battery backup.


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SOLiD iDAS/oDAS solution suite



SE Dadrian Carrington can not only juggle complex DAS projects but swag, too!





Trainer Lakshmin Thiagarajan



Team SOLiD mixing it up with friends and colleagues



Teamwork: Dennis Rigney and Ken Sandfeld



Until next year, y’all!


See SOLiD at CTIA Wireless 2012 at Booth 4461

By Mike Collado
May 3rd, 2012

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

SOLiD is exhibiting at CTIA Wireless 2012 in the Crescent City at booth #4461.

We know it’s busy at CTIA and it’s difficult to see everyone. So here are five reasons to visit the SOLiD booth:

Reason 1

We’re launching the TITAN™ 20W Remote Unit. TITAN provides high-capacity DAS for outdoor applications (think  large sports venues, metropolitan subways and college/corporate campuses). It seamlessly integrates with the ALLIANCE or EXPRESS head-ends and, like all SOLiD solutions, makes highly-efficient use of fiber. TITAN is powerful, yet compact. Plus its rugged design meets fire code equipment requirements and is ideal for harsh environment venue applications. And because all of SOLiD’s solutions were designed after the launch of the iPhone, TITAN is built to handle today’s wide spectrum of frequencies and deliver not only coverage but, more importantly, capacity, making TITAN a compelling solution for oDAS projects.

Reason 2

One of the most talked-about challenges during the recent DAS in Action event was – surprise – small cells. But the elephant in the room was backhaul. SOLiD is also launching ACCESS-GT™ which reduces network backhaul costs which are a serious issue due to the explosion of mobile data bandwidth consumption. ACCESS multiplexes 16 channels of high-capacity broadband per strand of fiber. But what’s unique is the cost of the tunable laser that drives this technology: it costs a fraction of similar tunable lasers. We’ll be demonstrating ACCESS at the SOLiD booth (4461).

Reason 3

We have the best multi-service, neutral-host DAS platform – ALLIANCE™. That’s not marketing hype; a Wireless Service Provider at a recent industry event told us that. SOLiD designed ALLIANCE for today’s market in which Building Owners are increasingly owning the DAS and have a significant say in how in-building networks will be deployed in their properties. ALLIANCE supports commercial wireless, public safety radio, private 2-way radio, and paging on a single infrastructure using one strand of fiber. It is 4G certified and offers guaranteed RF power control, so wireless operators to lock-in power levels. ALLIANCE is completely modular and flexible to accommodate current and future requirements. We’ll have ALLIANCE for demonstration in our booth.

Reason 4

Check out the industry’s fastest and easiest commissioning system. After bringing to market the ALLIANCE best-in-class multi-service DAS platform, we set about designing a single-operator DAS that was, well, easier to deploy, commission and manage. Designed to meet specific frequency band requirements, EXPRESS™ is a Quad Band and MIMO-ready solution that has a small footprint and is highly fiber-efficient. EXPRESS has UHF/VHF radio capabilities built-in. And our EasySET™ 1-Click software configures and commissions the DAS network – automatically. Stop by, we’ll show you!

Reason 5

Meet with Seth Buechely (President), Saeed Anwar (CTO) and Ken Sandfeld (Vice President of Sales). Learn how SOLiD is solving coverage and capacity challenges at leading hospitals, world-class hotels and resorts, Fortune 500 corporate campuses, international airports, large sports venues, metropolitan subways and other marquee customer sites. Get a deep-dive technical product demonstration. Hear about coming DAS trends. Explore your projects with the SOLiD team. We’re looking forward to it!

Also, please be sure to visit our SOLiD Certified Partners – Alliance Communications (5245) and Tempest Telecom (5201) – at CTIA!

Tell Us…

What are you seeking to accomplish at CTIA this year?

See you in New Orleans!

InnerCity FiberNet, LLC Launches Gigabit Ethernet Services with SOLiD Technologies

By Seth Buechley
August 9th, 2011

InnerCity FiberNet, LLC (ICFN), a Dallas-based Competitive Access Provider (CAP), has selected the MediaC-1600 fiber access network solution from SOLiD Technologies to maximize its fiber network to deploy Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) services, light up customer sites faster and support multiple network configurations.

The SOLiD Technologies MediaC-1600 enables ICFN to do more with its fiber plant by providing 16 independent channels of traffic over a single strand of fiber, eliminating the expense to upgrade or build out additional network. The SOLiD Technologies fiber access solution also helps the ICFN quickly and easily turn up customer sites thanks to accessible front-side fiber connectors, provisioning-free plug and play configuration, and tunable laser technology that automatically attenuates for distance. The same system allows ICFN to provide service in multiple network configurations, including Point to Point GbE, Point to Multipoint GbE and Point to Multi Drop services up to 60Km.

The SOLiD Technologies MediaC-1600 fiber access solution offers both cost and time-to-market advantage, according to Greg Stilwell, Managing Partner at InnerCity FiberNet, LLC. “We were looking for a technology which would allow us to be able to provide our customers GbE services into the client’s building, or Multiple GbE services to multiple clients on our fiber ring without stranding significant amounts of our fiber or forcing us to build additional fiber network.” Get the rest of the Inside Story at

Carrier Positioning

By Seth Buechley
June 9th, 2011

Episode 3 of 6: Evolution of Multi-Carrier DAS

You’d think that the carriers would be the most experienced players in the arena of multi-carrier DAS. In reality, wireless carriers have primarily focused on systems that carry only their frequencies and have rarely deployed or managed multi-carrier systems. They simply have limited experience or interest in managing their competitor’s networks.

U.S. carriers are often perceived as being reluctant participants when it comes to improving indoor coverage. When they finally do allocate resources to fix an indoor problem, the carriers will almost always fix the problem only for themselves and, in some cases, require building owners to purchase additional wireless devices or extend their current contracts.

To be fair, U.S. carriers have a playing field that is massive both geographically and economically. A robust, competitive wireless industry puts tremendous pressure on operators to continue to add cell sites and technologies to their macro networks and worry about in-building coverage issues when complaints require action.

With the notable exception of a new push from AT&T, the carriers have been willing to plug in to multi-carrier DAS systems, but not willing to lead the charge. The following is a general overview of the DAS programs in place at the four leading U.S. carriers. Of course, there are many exceptions to the generalizations offered below.

Sprint is the pioneer of in-building solutions. From the early days of Nextel push-to-talk, Sprint has had a focus on business users and has been willing to trade coverage for contracts.
* The original in-building national team
* National DAS standards
* National DAS engineering
* National DAS budgets
* A DAS often requires new commitment to handsets
* Experienced with Sprint-only DAS solutions
* Does not want to own multi-carrier DAS
* Sales-driven program
* Willing to plug into previously developed DAS

T-Mobile has been fairly inactive in the area of DAS until recently. It seems to be willing to let others plow the ground, plugging in to DAS systems that get built by other players. T-Mobile has effectively deployed DAS to simultaneously improve indoor coverage and route that traffic away from its macro network.
* No national in-building team or model
* Limited DAS engineering
* Regional DAS budgets
* Regional DAS decisions
* Experience with T-Mobile-only DAS solutions
* Plug-in philosophy
* Willing to plug into previously developed DAS

AT&T took the U.S. wireless industry by surprise, announcing in 2010 its plan to build, own, operate and lease multi-carrier DAS to other carriers. The program is being developed and rolled into the market with the help of several hundred new employees focused on DAS.
* New national DAS team and model
* National DAS standards
* National DAS engineering
* National DAS budgets
* Cooperation between regional and national groups
* Only carrier with an ownership goal for multi-carrier DAS
* Deploys AT&T-only and multi-carrier DAS
* Willing to plug into previously developed DAS

Verizon is the wildcard in the DAS space. The company that lays claim to the most reliable network has yet to establish a cohesive program to deliver a multi-carrier DAS to the market. However, Verizon excels at Verizon-only DAS and has proven to be the clear leader aligning other carriers in tackling DAS systems in large public venues such as airports and subways.
* No national DAS model
* National DAS standards
* Regional engineering
* Regional budgets
* Regional decisions on DAS systems
* Mostly Verizon-only solutions
* Leader for big public venues
* Willing to plug into previously developed DAS

Disclaimer: None of the aforementioned should be construed as official positions from any wireless carrier.

This article was originally published on AGL Bulletin