Cellular reception issues are becoming more acute as mobile access devices are designed to handle more data-rich applications. Adding new macro base stations has been the traditional way of creating new mobile capacity. However, cell tower locations are becoming harder to acquire, and the cost of new base stations is prohibitive. Enter distributed antenna systems. DAS represent a versatile indoor/outdoor approach for mobile transport by routing radio frequency (RF) signals through fiber or copper cabling from a single base station to multiple antennas located throughout a building or through antenna nodes. New In-Stat (www.in-stat.com) research findings project total global revenue from DAS will surpass 13 billion in 2015.
“Distributed antenna systems bridge several key areas in cellular coverage,” says Chris Kissel, Analyst. “Femto-, pico-, micro-, and macrocells all augment cellular services and each provides a specific solution for a specific application. However, for each nodeB, latencies must be accounted for, and each nodeB requires its own backhaul. Wi-Fi alleviates capacity issues on cellular networks and provides terrific data rates, although there are limitations with interoperability and there are distance limitations. At this point, DAS becomes an unconventional, but practical answer where multiple airlinks need to be supported.”
Recent research found the following:
- By 2012, the value for all DAS projects in North America, with the exception of metro area outdoor DAS, nears $2 billion.
- In the Caribbean and Latin America regions, DAS revenue will increase 20% or more over the forecast period.
- By 2015, hospitals and healthcare will represent almost half of the DAS revenue opportunities for indoor deployments in Western Europe.
- In Eastern Europe, the build-up for DAS starts modestly, but eventually grows to 3,897 new deployments in 2015.
- In 2010, 15,000 new nodes were deployed in metro area outdoor DAS. New In-Stat research, Distributed Antenna Systems-DAS to Fill-in Gaps(#IN1104897GW) covers the number and revenues of new DAS deployments by eight major verticals and six regions for the years 2009-2015.
The research also includes:
- Vendor Profiles: ADC/TE Connectivity, American Tower, AT&T, Axell Wireless, Cellular Specialists, Inc. (CSI), Comba, Crown Castle (NewPath), Errigal, ExteNet, iBwave, InnerWireless, InSite Wireless, Integer Wireless, ISCO International, MobileAccess, Next G Networks, and Powerwave
The market verticals selected for this report include: Government buildings, hospitals and healthcare, offices and corporate campuses, convention centers and sports arenas, universities and school campuses, transportation, depots, and airports, stadiums, and remaining DAS (the most common of which are hotels, casinos, and hospitality).
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This research is part of In-Stat’s Cellular Infrastructure service, which provides analysis and forecasts of the market for wireless broadband and communication infrastructure equipment and components, including backhaul; macro, micro, pico, and femtocell base stations, and associated semiconductors.