Tessco Wireless Journal August September 2015 Page 3 TESSCO Wireless Journal August/September 2015

AUGUST SEPTEMBER 2015 3 See TESSCO's entire product offering and your pricing on TESSCO.com or call TESSCO at 800.472.7373. convenient way to remain connected with devices that offer optimal performance and protection. Keys to a Successful Mobile Workforce CONNECTION. Employees must keep working, and broken devices, dead batteries and lack of hands-free options can't get in the way. From wireless LAN to cellular, they must stay connected and online all the time. PROTECTION. That spilled cup of coffee or unexpected thun- derstorm are weak excuses. Devices must stay operational. Cases and screen protectors protect devices. Lockable mounts prevent stolen equipment. Phone locators and proximity alarms prevent lost devices. PRODUCTIVITY. Make the safety and security of your workforce a priority by using the tools for hands-free communicating and commuting. Hands-free audio solutions, hands-free vehicle and equipment mounts, personal device cases, holders and belt clips can maintain connectivity at critical times. Data storage backup and privacy screen protectors can help keep private information safe and secure. From enhancing your network to maintaining device functionality, TESSCO can recommend application solutions for wireless devices and the environment in which they operate. With its distinct ability to understand and assess wireless workforce needs, recommend simplified solutions and supply products, TESSCO is perfectly positioned to help thousands of end-use customers and commercial enterprises. GSA Leads the Way The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) ascribes to the core belief that "Work is what we do, not where we are." Guided by that philosophy, the GSA is leading the federal government in adopting a mobile, flexible work style for its employees, creating adaptable work environments where employees can respond in the most agile way possible to business demands with greater control and influence over their environment. A Small Cell Primer Small Cell technology is a robust alternative and complement to macro cell, Wi-Fi, and DAS components that help carriers and integrators extend coverage on a variety of network spectrums. Small cells provide a cost-effective way to improve coverage in building and to fill holes in network coverage. Additionally, this emerging technology is at the forefront of the move to distribute network load off the primary macro components. There are some key advantages to small cell technology as a means to enhance coverage; Installation Flexibility As the name implies, small cell units are much smaller in size than macro cells. They are also typically an all-encompassing solution that includes the baseband, radio, and antenna built into a single form factor. And because these cells are so easily installed, well hidden, and have a light footprint, if the right location is found, the unit itself is not a barrier to installation. This can be helpful in an environment where the elements are a concern; the small size reduces the investment in rugged enclosures and mounting support. Small cells are also ideal for highly-trafficked, urban areas-they can be inconspicuous on a crowded street or in a public venue. Small cells are a good compliment to DAS overall, in that although they are carrier- specific (unlike DAS which can be multi-carrier), they can help augment coverage and are also a cost-effective method of providing an RF source to the DAS deployment. Remote Connections Because of the size and relative strength of the small cell component, this technology is preferred by many network operators and integrators in connecting to remote sites. For instance, connecting to a rural area of a few hundred households is much easier with a micro cell and the appropriate backhaul versus installing a costly macro cell and the infrastructure needed to support it. Unfortunately, there are some drawbacks to using small cell to augment and enhance coverage. The primary drawback is that a backhaul solution is still required. Connecting the micro cell to the network can result in logistic and presentation challenges. Fortunately, there are technologies and products that can help solve for these challenges. Wireless backhaul is a good complement to small cell tech- nology in that it too reduces the footprint, and increases the flexibility, of implementation. Wireless solutions like microwave are becoming more prevalent, both in licensed and unlicensed spectrum. In addition, the components that connect the cell to the backbone often result in aesthetic problems. Exposed cables and connectors, separate power connection, and mounting components can impact the visual appeal-a drawback in areas highly trafficked by consumers. Enclosures help a great deal- relatively light weight, low cost enclosures can hide the guts of the network from the end user and also provide an extra layer of protection of the small cell component. Because small cell has proven to be a viable alternative tech- nology for extending network reach into hard-to-reach areas, there have been, and will continue to be, improvements in the technology and associated accessories that will support the proliferation of small cells in the future. For more information about small cell technology solutions, please visit www.tessco.com.

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