Mike Bozyk, co-owner and design engineer at Konecta GPS, offers the example of a Georgia-based provider of innovative new aircraft, technologies, and services that was experiencing cellular coverage challenges in its Wisconsin-based hangar facilities, including a 75,000 square-foot hangar and a two-story office space that is approximately 100,000 square feet.
“This is a new building with a brand-new hangar. They have a lot of the low-e glass. For a lot of these new buildings, they’ll put a metal façade on them for decoration. This construction blocked the cellular signal,” Bozyk explains.
In hangars, the faster the deployment can be done, the better. “There’s a ton of coordinating when working in the hangar. Sometimes a plane will be in its slot, and if it’s on jacks, it can’t be moved. We use scissor lifts and forklifts in the hangar to install the cables and internal antennas. As we don’t want parts to drop onto the plane we have to coordinate and make sure the plane is out of the slot when we are doing the installation,” says Bozyk.
To resolve the problem cost-effectively with the least disruption of operations, Konecta GPS installed the CEL-FI QUATRA active DAS hybrid. This multi-carrier solution addresses the challenges of poor voice quality, dropped calls, and dead zones inside large commercial facilities. QUATRA delivers a cellular signal for 5G/4G/3G voice and data with a coverage footprint that is three times larger than analog boosters and older passive DAS (distributed antenna systems). The system uses category cabling with Power over Ethernet, so there is no need to install additional power outlets for the internal remote antennas.
Konecta installed two Network Units (NUs) – the head end of the CEL-FI QUATRA system – one in the hangar and one in the office space. Each NU supports and enhances the outdoor signal for all major carriers and digitally re-transmits the carrier signals with zero signal loss via category cabling to 18 QUATRA Coverage Units (CUs), which are the remote internal antennas. Four CUs were installed in the hangar with the rest set up in the office space. According to Bozyk, Konecta GPS has also successfully installed CEL-FI QUATRA in this customer’s facilities located in California, Florida, and Georgia.