Building on over a decade of work with the country’s most demanding users of data networks, Landways’ thesis is that current wireless networks (and their supporting fixed cable infrastructures) are incapable of handling the ever-increasing demands of smartphone and other device usage.
New techniques are required to build flexible, optical fibre-based networks to the edge of new small cell, in-building systems, which can be upgraded over several technology cycles without having to rip out and replace the underlying infrastructure at each stage. Equally, we do not believe it is practicable (nor desirable for building owners) for multiple mobile and other operators to deploy their own in-building systems on top of each other – and that there is a clear case in these environments for a neutral host to deploy a network on an open access basis for all operators to use, if they wish.
We also believe that the deployment of very high capacity, well managed digital infrastructure creates opportunities for the owners of these sites to offer their users, tenants and customers new digital services relevant to those sites: to improve services, create efficiencies and cost savings, and develop a superior level of knowledge of, and communication with, their stakeholders.
To date, many WiFi and small cell deployments in high density venues such as sports stadia have disappointed users. Many systems have failed to meet expectations with “Free WiFi” often falling over due to a lack of installed capacity in the on-site physical infrastructure, backhaul and IP transit arrangements; an absence of close and regular management; and a very high cost of upgrading capacity as demand and data usage increases.
Further, Landways’ data and power infrastructure designs are capable of being extended to provide highly efficient ways of integrating other parallel and synergistic areas of in-building technical facilities management, including LED lighting upgrades, audio systems, digital signage connectivity, CCTV, security, smart monitoring, building management, power generation and storage. By integrating the infrastructure requirements of these other systems, stadium owners see the visual and operational efficiency benefits of these synergies plus the reduction in the costs of the mechanical and electrical (M&E) build.