Oil & Gas Cellular Service Challenges

Gap Wireless shed further light on cellular service to Oil & Gas at the CommTech West conference. Gap installed the Bow office tower’s Distributed Antenna System (DAS). Had the Bow not had a DAS there would have been poor cell service on the top floors because of “pilot pollution” or too many ideal cell services to choose from. The cell phone gets so confused it doesn’t work even though it shows 4 bars. For the O&G field, cell boosters are a big issue. Every 3dB noise increase, which can be caused by a single booster (there are 10’s of boosters around each cell base station), cuts the incumbent’s cell base station’s capacity considerably. More proof that O&G cellular data service will continue to be a challenge in the field (In addition to large changes in population from O&G development).

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