Deploying and operating a FORTE® system is a multi-step process that involves ClearSky, our in-building infrastructure partner and the wireless operators that the property would like enabled in the building. The following sections outline some of the key steps in the deployment and ongoing operations of a FORTE system and how we work together as a team to bring a total solution for in-building coverage needs.
The first step in a FORTE deployment is a in-building network design. ClearSky works with industry-leading DAS providers that design the ideal coverage solution for any property. ClearSky then takes the design through the approval process with each of the selected wireless operators to ensure that all the operators will participate in the project. In small projects that do not merit a DAS deployment, ClearSky can provide a standalone small cell design for operator approvals.
ClearSky’s DAS partners will manage the complete installation of the DAS components distributed throughout the building. As this portion of the project nears completion, ClearSky will bring the radio sources for the selected operators in a compact cabinet that is installed next to the DAS head end. The FORTE Neutral Source equipment is then cabled into the DAS headend and configuration and testing of the complete system begins. ClearSky manages the configuration of each wireless operator’s core network connection and turns up the radio sources so they are “on air.” Performance and e911 testing is performed with each participating operator. After testing is complete, the system is ready to serve the building occupants.
As part of our responsibility to each of the wireless operators, ClearSky is required to perform constant monitoring of the small cell radio sources. This is accomplished using the in-building FORTE Site Manager, which is connected and reporting to the FORTE Operations Center on a 24 hour x 365 day basis. The ClearSky operations team continuously monitors and maintains these connections and assures the health and wellbeing of the overall small cell system.