Universal communications chamber: universal communications chambers (or "meet me chambers") are underground telco pits located externally near the property line. This allows for faster installations of new connections in the building since they remove the need to construct new penetrations to the building each time a new provider wishes to install service.
Point of entry: “POEs” are the telco cable entry points into the building. Having multiple POEs from different locations around the building creates physical separation. Therefore, if the connectivity from one entry is disrupted connectivity from the other side can still be functional.
Telco room: a location in the building where providers equipment is installed. Separation of telco equipment from that of other utilities, such as electricity, gas or water, reduces the personnel able to access the telco equipment servicing tenants.
Flooding protection: by situating telco rooms above the floodplain and having provision for minimising the impact from localised flooding ensures that the equipment within these rooms is continually protected.
Containment: dedicated metal trays that allow telco cables to be safely routed horizontally and vertically through the building. It is key that the capacity of the containment through the building is adequate for the needs of the building.
Communication risers: a riser is the pathway that runs vertically from the bottom to the top of the building. Access to risers should be via secure access points on each floor. Risers in diverse locations, with capacity for future installations, ensure that providers can deliver reliable and resilient services to all tenants in the building.
Back-up generators: providing a connection from the building’s back-up generator to the telco room enables continuation of tenant connectivity through power outages.
Occupier generator space: having well prepared pre-defined space for tenants to bring in their own backup power provision aids tenants to maintain connectivity continuity through power outages.
Rooftop space: having pre-defined space on the roof for tenants to install communication equipment enables diversity in connectivity options. Additionally, ensuring routes are in place for telco equipment from the roof to service tenants shortens installation time.
In-building mobile planning: radio frequency (RF) testing should be considered for any new construction. This will confirm the mobile signal strength available through the building. Buildings should also plan dedicated space to house in-building mobile solutions such as DAS or small cell equipment.
WiFi coverage: providing free WiFi in common areas enables tenants and their guests to remain connected throughout the building.
Rooftop planning permission: sensuring the building is ready to service tenant requirements for fixed wireless internet ensures these tenants can get the option of high quality, redundant, internet service in a timely fashion.
Utility site assessment: a site assessment is a straight forward way to determine the connectivity infrastructure that is in the area surrounding the building.
Coordination with carriers: gaining confirmation from multiple, high quality, fibre or fixed wireless providers for connectivity service to the building delivers visibility to tenants on their connectivity options. This can be achieved via pre-installation of telco equipment or by letters of intent from providers outlining the ease of installing a connection to the site.
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