Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) In-Building Mobile Networks
Introduction Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS)
The in-building wireless industry has seen a fundamental shift in the market for Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) over the past 24 months. An ever-increasing ecosystem of integrators and solution manufacturers are meeting market demand.
Tier-one venue opportunities have slowed. Tier-one venue are indoor venues averaging more than 500,000 square feet like stadiums. These venues, however, represent only about 30 percent of the in-building market for wireless infrastructure deployments. Mid-tier venues are now emerging as the biggest growth area for DAS deployments.
Mid-tier venues range in size from 100,000 square feet to 500,000 square feet. They represent every imaginable vertical, structure design and ownership model.
There are strong and sound arguments to deploy DAS solutions in these venues. DAS provides both a data and voice capacity for carriers and an enhanced experience for venue patrons. Nonetheless, there are significant barriers to overcome.
Deploying these systems is expensive, and carriers for the most part. This becomes a fight to fund the vast majority of mid-tier market build out. Affordability, ease-of-ownership, positive Return on Investment (ROI) and flexible/future-proof technologies are becoming mandatory. The in-building ecosystem is adapting new and creative approaches from an investment standpoint. as well as new technologies that embrace convergence.
All of this suggests a solid ROI for mid-tier DAS as the next chapter of in-building wireless communications. It also builds a case for why some mid-tier enterprises might be well suited to creating their own DAS networks, working cooperatively with other stakeholders and prospective partners.
*Read the full Whitepaper on the Wireless Infrastructure Association’s website: https://wia.org/resource-library/
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