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Will Wireless Replace Cellular Networks?

Water. Natural gas. Electricity.

When most of us think of utilities, we think of the basic necessities it takes to power our homes and businesses. Does wireless belong on this list?
According to CommScope’s Nathan Benton, “wireless connectivity in the building is a requirement these days.” Without the ability to connect wirelessly, productivity
can be severely limited. People often can’t function without air conditioning, heat, water,
or electricity, and in many cases wireless.

Wireless in the Building is Crucial

The need for mobility in the workplace has become a necessity–we require flexible workspaces that allow for team collaboration, and employees are increasingly selecting devices optimized for highly mobile work environments to help them get their jobs
done. In addition, the need for organizations to cater to the needs of millennial employees
is essential–and to these young members of the workforce, reporting to a fixed location
may be a foreign concept. The workforce does not care HOW wireless coverage is provided; whether via cellular network or via Wi-Fi, employees just want to connect.

Will Wireless Replace Cellular Networks?

Some experts predict that Wi-Fi will soon become the preferred mode of connection
for individuals. Benton admits his first consideration when walking into a building is
whether he can access Wi-Fi and stop using his data plan. If you could connect using free
Wi-Fi and not use your data plan, wouldn’t you? However, with a production network,
a mobile cellular network, and a guest network in a single building, at what point does capacity become an issue? As such, most agree that both Wi-Fi and DAS will be required to ensure the workplace remains a productive environment.
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