FORTE Neutral Source™ is a first for the wireless industry. ClearSky has developed an equipment set and deployment methodology that is approved by all four major U.S. operators -AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile – that enables us to offer a complete set of radio sources to power a DAS. As an authorized deployment partner to the operators, ClearSky manages the entire process from end to end, starting with the obtaining the initial approvals for an interested property, progressing through sourcing the radio equipment, and ending with ongoing monitoring of the radio sources after they have been installed and tested.
FNS EQUIPMENT PACKAGE
ClearSky uses enterprise-class small cells that have been approved by the wireless operators for use as DAS radio sources and packages them together into a single system. The FORTE Neutral Source (FNS) equipment package fits in a small 19” rack, requires no additional air conditioning, and uses standard 120V power. This FNS equipment package is set up next to the DAS head end. Each of the small cell radio sources is then connected with simple cabling to the DAS to provide the cellular signal for the entire property.
A central component of the FNS equipment package is the ClearSky Site Manager. It contains the intelligence to control and monitor the small cells in the equipment package. The Site Manager connects with the ClearSky Operations Center to enable centralized monitoring of all the in-building equipment simultaneously.
Another important differentiator of FORTE Neutral Source is the entire multi-operator system requires only a single public Internet connection. This can be a dedicated connection or we can share the bandwidth already available in the building, depending on the circumstances. The Site Manager creates VPNs through this single Internet connection, one for each of the wireless operators and one for the ClearSky Operations Center. These VPNs carry voice and data traffic for each of the operators in and out of the property. Costly and time consuming dedicated fiber connections required by traditional DAS radio sources are eliminated with FORTE Neutral Source.