Graybar has signed an agreement to distribute Corning's (NYSE: GLW) MobileAccess distributed antenna systems (DAS) to enterprises. By adding Corning's MobileAccess lines, the distributor says it can now deliver flexible, scalable in-building DAS capabilities for providing carrier-grade cellular service, public safety systems, wireless medical telemetry service and other benefits to enterprise customers. “The Corning MobileAccess line of products will complement our other communications and intelligent building solutions,” noted Steve Stone, vice president of electrical construction and comm/data for Graybar.
Under the agreement, Graybar will distribute the full line of Corning MobileAccess DAS products, which work in concert with Corning’s fiber infrastructure platforms. The distributor notes that the combined product portfolio provides solutions that scale for any environment; from a single service in a small building, up to multiple services across an entire campus. Corning says that its MobileAccessVE DAS leverages existing Ethernet cabling to transport cellular services, without interfering or impacting the performance of the local area network. The system can reduce operational disruption during installation and delivers seamless cellular coverage to a venue’s employees or patrons via existing Cat-5e/6 IT cabling. Alternatively, the MobileAccess2000 is billed as a modular, multi-carrier, multi-service, hybrid fiber-coax DAS solution that allows the enterprise to pay as it grows, enabling a lower cost entry point, while supporting seamless expansion to new services like the 4G LTE.
“The increasing reliance on mobile devices and bandwidth-hungry applications, coupled with long-standing wireless coverage challenges, has made DAS an important tool for enterprise effectiveness," said Darlene Braunschweig, senior vice president of Global Sales at Corning MobileAccess, part of Corning Incorporated’s Telecommunications segment. "With this agreement, Corning MobileAccess looks forward to working with Graybar on helping to solve these critical enterprise needs."