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Tips to avoid delays in scaling your
DAS network

Supplying the rising demand for data keeps today’s operators in constant upgrade
mode. But rolling out new services and technologies to boost capacity can be fraught
with problems, especially when it comes to the effects of passive intermodulation (PIM)
interference. CommScope has developed this simple tip sheet to help you avoid problems
caused by PIM, and increase the speed and ease of your DAS network implementation.

1 Keep it simple

The process of designing, installing, commissioning and optimizing a
typical DAS system often involves multiple providers and can take several
weeks or months.

Choosing a solutions provider with the expertise and products to handle
end-to-end project management can significantly reduce lead times and
ensure accountability.

2 Keep it fast and flexible

Adding additional carriers, technologies and frequency bands when needed
may involve a time-consuming overhaul of the DAS system infrastructure.

Look for a technology-agnostic DAS that can support multichannel,
multicarrier MIMO applications.

3 Maximize DAS performance

The more complex DAS systems become, the more vulnerable they are to
the throughput-limiting effects of passive intermodulation (PIM) interference.

Replace underperforming passive components with high-performance
PIM-rated devices.

4 Eliminate surprises

During the optimization process of a DAS network, passive components
that don’t perform as expected can delay the rollout of new services.

To ensure passive components meet PIM specifications, they should not only be
pretested but precertified by the manufacturer with readily available data results.

5 Prepare for the future

LTE is highly sensitive to the damaging effects of PIM—and future
technologies may be even more so.

To continue evolving, wireless operators must remain vigilant and proactive
regarding PIM. This means specifying components with better PIM
performance ratings capable of meeting the increased demands of the
mobile network, today and into the future.
© 2014 CommScope, Inc. All rights reserved.
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“The user doesn’t care where
their coverage comes from, but
they expect a seamless user
experience with maximum
capacity and access.”
Source: What to consider when planning a DAS;
Cabling Installation and Maintenance; June 2014.

1 dB in PIM =
11% loss in coverage
Source: Understanding PIM; Anritsu, Inc.; June 2014.

65% of the world’s
population will be covered
by LTE by 2019.
Source: Ericsson Mobility Report; Ericsson; June 2014.

PIM is a system-wide issue that demands a
coordinated system-wide response. As an
end-to-end RF solutions provider, CommScope
has the resources and experience to tackle
your toughest PIM-related problems head-on—
so you can keep growing.