3 things every property owner should consider when looking to update their telecom infrastructure

At a recent technology conference, our Chief Revenue Officer, Robert Grosz, spoke on a panel titled "Old Buildings, New Technologies." He was asked what it takes to get an old building (most likely with a challenged wiring situation) up to today's standards when it comes to Internet and video services. 

Robert answered with three steps you should be prepared to follow:

  1. Assess what you truly have. 
  2. Hire a consultant or an ISP to help you build your new network.
  3. Be prepared to make an investment of time and money.

Assess what you truly have.

It is important to look at what you're currently working with to determine the best steps to move forward. If you are dealing with bad cabling, outdated equipment, or anything else that is compromising a reliable and speedy network, knowing those tangible assets is imperative.

It is also helpful to assess the problems you're experiencing. Is it latency (reliability of the connection) or is it speed? Do you have blackout areas where the network doesn't work at all? 

Hire a consultant or an ISP to help you build your new network.

Your consultant should not only have business experience to help you with negotiations, but they should also have technical know-how and experience as well. They will be able to help you navigate the vast world of Internet Service Providers to help you find the best one for your property. 

If your property services only student housing residents, you might consider a different ISP than a property that services only senior living residents. There are many ISPs that claim to service all MDUs, but your consultant should truly know the market and help you discern which one is best for you.

Alternatively, you can go directly to an ISP. This service provider should be someone that you trust to not cut corners and work with you to find the best solution given your set of tangible assets and issues outlined in Step 1. 

Be prepared to make an investment of time and money.

Prepare yourself mentally to realize there are going to be a lot of capital investments as well as investments of time to make the improvements necessary. There isn't going to be an easy way out, so know before you go in that it will take time and money to get your property up to speed.

If you think your property is in need of some improvements, but don't know where to start, begin with these three easy steps to get back on the right track. Elauwit has a team of professionals that can help you assess your current inventory and diagnose your current issues to help put together a proactive plan that will get your property up to date with the fast-paced world of telecom. 

Lindsey Johns