Prepare for a Wireless World With Distributed Antenna Systems in Higher Education

Capacity and coverage issues are prevalent on most campuses. Use distributed antenna systems (DAS) to help deliver wireless services to the end users that need them.

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Your Challenge

  • Limited mobile capacity and coverage are a growing concern at higher education organizations. Distributed antenna systems (DAS) are becoming a widely accepted technology for increasing mobile wireless capabilities. However, the steps for implementing a DAS project are complex and unclear.
  • Implementing DAS is not a small project. Determining IT’s role and gaining stakeholder buy-in will require a strong argument for DAS. 

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Mobile wireless capacity and coverage are insufficient. Changing end-user habits and evolving technology are causing wireless issues.
  • It is IT’s job to get the ball rolling. IT should take the lead in exploring the potential of DAS at your organization.
  • DAS is more about relationships than technology. Don’t expect systems integrators or carriers to do all the heavy lifting; IT needs to collaborate at every stage.

Impact and Result

  • Understand the key drivers and components behind a DAS solution.
  • Use Info-Tech’s DAS Business Proposal template to provide a convincing argument to stakeholders for implementing DAS at your organization.
  • Use Info-Tech’s DAS RFP Template and DAS RFP Sample to solicit and evaluate responses from vendors interested in working with your organization to implement DAS.
  • Understand IT’s role before, during, and after the implementation of a DAS solution. 

Prepare for a Wireless World With Distributed Antenna Systems in Higher Education

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out how to select and implement a DAS solution, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project.


1

Understand the role of distributed antenna systems in higher education

Determine if DAS is right for you.

4

Work with key parties involved to ensure the DAS project is successful

Better prepare for a DAS implementation.

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Module 1: Understand the Role of Distributed Antenna Systems in Higher Education

The Purpose

  • Understand how the changing mobile wireless landscape is affecting higher education.
  • Understand IT’s role in a DAS implementation for higher education. 

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Determine how DAS can be used in your organization.
  • Determine IT’s role in a DAS implementation. 

Activities:
Outputs

1.1

Understand DAS and decide on implementation.

  • Go/No-Go Decision for DAS

Module 2: Gain Stakeholder Approval Through a DAS Business Proposal

The Purpose

  • Develop a business proposal with key drivers behind a DAS implementation for your higher education institution.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Gain stakeholder approval for moving forward with developing an RFP and implementing DAS in your organization.

Activities:
Outputs

2.1

Develop a DAS Business Proposal that highlights key information required for gaining stakeholder approval.

  • A completed DAS Business Proposal which can be used to gain stakeholder approval.

Module 3: Develop and Refine a DAS RFP

The Purpose

  • Understand the components behind a complete RFP for soliciting potential DAS vendors.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Understand best practices when developing an RFP for DAS.
  • Have a better understanding of the components in a DAS RFP.
  • Understand best practices for scoring DAS RFP responses.  

Activities:
Outputs

3.1

Develop and refine a DAS RFP.

  • A completed DAS RFP.

Module 4: Work With Key Parties Involved to Ensure the DAS Project is Successful

The Purpose

  • Understand next steps for implementing DAS after a vendor is selected to implement the solution. 

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Have a strong understanding for what to expect before beginning a DAS implementation. 

Activities:
Outputs

4.1

Understand IT’s role in DAS.

  • A plan for involving the right parties in a DAS implementation and managing relationships.