Small Cell / BYOC

In office buildings and facilities across America, basic amenities like electrical, gas and plumbing are essential components that are planned and constructed.

The new amenity being planned or added by building owners, architects and operators?

Reliable, in-building wireless coverage.


Demand for mobile connectivity is exploding. To handle customers’ needs, more wireless infrastructure and new technologies are constantly being devised and deployed. T-Mobile’s multi-spectrum strategy – using low-band, mid-band and high-band (millimeter wave) spectrum– will deliver true national 5G coverage unlike any of our competitors.

In highly-populated areas or locations where large numbers of people congregate, how is coverage and capacity handled?

Small cells and distributed antenna systems are key.





5G for Your Building or Venue

T-Mobile Wi-Fi Passpoint Overview

BYOC Brochure: A Guide to Building Your Own Coverage

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In-Building Wireless: You Have Options

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Smart City Checklist

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Spectrum Layer Cake

Faster Internet Access

T-Mobile: Build Your Own Coverage

What is 5G?

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It’s about creating the best user experience for mobile customers.

Small cell antennas and distributed network connections are lower power than traditional cell sites, and can handle large quantities of data – as well as large numbers of users.

Because they are smaller than traditional cell sites, their antennas and radios can be located closer to the mobile device user. This is key to enhancing a customer’s mobile experience – whether they are texting, sending pictures, streaming live video, or calling 911.

Indoor & Outdoor Small Cell

Outdoor small cells are typically placed in the public right-of-way – on streetlights or utility poles – in dense urban environments and increasingly around neighborhoods where people live. This is because Americans are abandoning wireline phones. According to the United States Government, more than 50 percent of American households depend solely on mobile connectivity.

Indoor small cells are deployed to meet capacity needs in large venues like stadiums, offices, airports, train stations, university campuses and shopping malls. They are deployed in indoor areas or campuses so large crowds of people can simultaneously access a wireless network.

Think of small cells as miniature versions of traditional cell sites. These self-contained cell sites are small, lightweight and low power. They have a range of a few feet to several hundred feet.

Indoor & Outdoor Distributed Antenna System

A distributed antenna system (DAS) network is made up of a base station connected by fiber optic cable to a group of antennas placed indoors or outdoors. Conceptually, a DAS network of antennas is like a string of lights for a backyard patio: The lights represent the individual antennas, and the electric outlet represents the base station where radio equipment handles the voice and data transmission.

DAS and small cells provide similar power output and coverage areas and both have a small form factor, however there are differences in how they work. DAS networks share and receive signals with remote nodes simultaneously, while small cells operate independently of one another. When necessary, DAS systems can be configured to be shared by multiple carriers and with multi-frequencies.


With their small form factors, low-powered small cells and DAS antenna nodes are less intrusive than their larger macro counterparts. They can be installed on existing infrastructure and can be almost invisible in an urban environment.


Small cells and DAS can help improve coverage, especially in hard to reach locations where man-made and natural obstacles to radio waves occur. They target areas with spotty coverage and enable stronger cellular signals.

Capacity & Reach
Capacity & Reach

Small cell deployments offer greater capacity with lower power antennas. While the reach of the radio waves is a fraction of macro cell sites, the smaller footprint means more antennas are closer to where mobile devices are used — which improves service quality.

Personal and Public Safety
Personal and Public Safety

Polls show that people have a greater sense of personal and public safety when they have their mobile device close-at-hand. By enhancing coverage and capacity, small cells and DAS networks support the public-safety sector and first responders.


In today’s connected world, mobile connectivity is an essential need in buildings — just like electrical outlets and plumbing. This means that for buildings and facilities of all kinds and sizes, building owners, operators and commercial developers are investing in their own wireless infrastructure.

But meeting the aesthetic and operational needs of venues, while simultaneously achieving optimal wireless connectivity and network design, is challenging. This is where T-Mobile’s Build Your Own Coverage (BYOC) program can help.

Our BYOC team removes building professionals’ pain points and streamlines the technology deployment process.


T-Mobile’s network team and operational experts have deployed countless numbers of indoor wireless networks of every shape, size and configuration. Our BYOC team removes building professionals’ pain points and streamlines the technology deployment process.
Prep for byoc
Find Wireless Partner
The first step is to find a strategic partner to help create a wireless infrastructure plan. Need help developing a RFP or finding the right OEM or integrator? Contact us at
Step 1
Sign Up / Intake
weeks 1-4
Meet the local market and/or national BYOC team, learn more, and sign-up.
Step 2
Budget Approval
weeks 4-6
We will gather information including general system characteristics, proposed T-Mobile role and system signal power allocation, and backhaul requirements for budget approval.
Step 3
Design Review
weeks 4-8
We will reach out to your integrators for design files in iBwave format based on broadcast channels and bands. We will then finalize the signal source T-Mobile will provide.
Step 4
License Agreement Development
weeks 4-8
The BYOC License Agreement will need to be signed by both parties. During legal review and after design approval, our local market teams will visit the site to develop lease exhibit drawings.
Step 5
weeks 16-24
Once the license is fully executed, we will move to the deployment phase.

BYOC Design Standards

BYOC Project Registration

BYOC License Agreement

BYOC Express License Agreement

*To qualify for the Express program the integrator needs to be a qualified installer of our equipment (Master Agreement and the Master Scope of Work needs to be signed).

T-Mobile Wi-Fi Passpoint Network Use Agreement

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