Mobile Phone

A typical wireless infrastructure includes but is not limited to:


  • Single mode fiber

  • Fiber distribution remote nodes

  • Fiber distribution hub

  • Carrier head-end or neutral head-end

  • Radio nodes (antennas)

  • Bi-directional amplifiers


Each wireless carrier’s network will then piggy back on Tributary’s in-building network to serve their customers through Tributary’s system.  Tributary's fiber network provides the necessary ‘backhaul’ to the public network.


Wireless cells or radio nodes are connected to individual fiber strands.  These strands are specifically engineered for transport "to and from" any wireless device within the building.  The initial design process includes a survey of the building or property to determine the most effective radio node location(s) for optimal spectrum efficiency.


Tributary is uniquely positioned to customize any property or in-building wireless system through its neutral fiber network as coverage, capacity, speed, and latency as all are important requirements within buildings or mixed-use developments.  


Tributary will customize the appropriate wireless system depending on the requirements of both the landlord and tenant or occupant. The following are distinct systems based on the type of service desired:


  • Wi-Fi

  • Small Cell

  • Distributed Antenna System (DAS)


Spectrum Options:


  • Wi-Fi

  • CBRS (OnGo)

  • 4G LTE

  • 5G


5G is currently being rolled out in selected markets throughout the country by various carriers but is not available in most markets today.

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Wireless Trends

Today's 4G LTE wireless service has become the connectivity standard in the marketplace.

5G is the next generation wireless service developed to address growing consumer and commercial wireless usage. Although some of the standards have yet to be finalized by the FCC, some carriers are introducing 5G services today on a limited basis.


5G is significantly improved from current 3 and 4G services in regard to latency, capacity, speed and density. However, 5G infrastructure requires more antennas or radio nodes for similar 4G coverage areas. 5G will also be an important and instrumental technology for the growth and development of IoT (Internet of Things) devices in commercial and residential properties alike. 5G will become the standard for the growing wireless society.