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Small Cells, DAS & Het-Nets

U.S. DAS Market Forecast, 2012-2017: Installations, Tenancy, OpEx and CapEx

Since a great deal of mobile phone usage happens indoors, mobile operators are looking to small cells as a way to solve in-building coverage/capacity issues. A DAS is a type of small cell – along with repeaters, remote radio heads, femtocells, picocells, metrocells and WiFi.

This report forecasts the actual number of installed DAS in the U.S. It is a follow-on report to one that iGR published earlier in 2013 that sized the total addressable market (TAM) for DAS in the U.S.

DAS is a wireless telecommunications architecture that is characterized by multiple antennas connected to processing units that are geographically distributed throughout a network. DAS requires an antenna/repeater and cellular base station to provide a RF signal throughout a building or area DAS.

DAS systems are typically deployed to improve both the voice and data coverage on licensed cellular bands in office buildings, as well as in venues with a particularly high density of users such as stadiums and convention centers. Many sports arenas across the U.S. have installed DAS to improve the wireless service for guests.

This iGR market study defines DAS architecture, overviews use cases, provides profiles of 23 DAS vendors, and gives a five year forecast for the number of installed DAS in the U.S. and the total addressable market for DAS in the U.S.


Key Questions Answered

  • What is the DAS architecture?
  • How do DAS and small cells compare?
  • What is the difference between neutral DAS and single host DAS?
  • What are the challenges that surround a DAS deployment?
  • What are the advantages provided by DAS?
  • What are the typical use cases for DAS?
  • What improvements do U.S. consumers want in their cellular voice coverage and how might DAS help provide these improvements?
  • What are the key elements and assumptions in iGR’s market forecast for installed and carrier DAS?
  • What is the five year market forecast for installed and carrier DAS?
  • What are the key elements and assumptions in iGR’s CapEx and OpEx forecast for installed DAS?
  • What is the five year CapEx and OpEx forecast for installed and carrier DAS?
  • What are the key elements and assumptions in iGR’s total addressable market forecast for DAS?
  • What is the five year total addressable market forecast for DAS systems in both commercial buildings and multi-dwelling units (MDUs)?

Who Should Read

  • Mobile operators
  • DAS vendors and solution providers
  • Mobile network infrastructure OEMs
  • Mobile network software and services providers
  • Financial analysts and investors.

Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Executive Summary
  • Methodology
  • DAS Architecture
    • Hybrid Antenna System
    • DAS/Small Cell Architecture
    • Neutral DAS vs. Single Host DAS
    • AT&T Antenna Solutions Group (ASG)
  • Advantages and Challenges of DAS
    • Challenges with DAS Deployments
    • Advantages Provided by DAS
  • Comparing DAS to Other Small Cells
  • DAS Use Cases
    • Illustrating Concentrated Mobile Data Demand
    • Improvements to Voice Service
    • Location of Voice Improvements
    • Types of Desired Voice Improvements
  • Buildings in the U.S.
    • Commercial Buildings
    • Multi-dwelling Units
  • DAS: Total Addressable Market Forecast
    • Core Assumptions
    • Methodology
    • Commercial Building Forecast
    • Multi-Dwelling Unit Forecast
    • Combined DAS Total Addressable Market Forecast
  • U.S. DAS Installations Forecast
    • Installed DAS Forecast
    • Installed DAS by Building Size
    • DAS Carrier Tenancy
    • Forecasting CapEx and OpEx
  • DAS Vendor Profiles
    • Advanced RF Technologies, Inc. (ADRF)
    • Axell Wireless
    • Betacom Incorporated
    • BTI Wireless
    • C Squared Systems
    • CellO (formerly Optiway)
    • CSI (Cellular Specialties, Inc.)
    • Comba Telecom
    • CommScope
    • Connectivity Wireless Solutions
    • Corning MobileAccess
    • Crown Castle / NextG Network
    • Ethertronics
    • ExteNet Systems
    • Galtronics
    • iBwave
    • Inner Wireless/Black Box Network Services
    • RFS - Radio Frequency Systems
    • SOLiD
    • Solutelia
    • TE Connectivity
    • Tempest Telecom Solutions
    • Zinwave
  • Definitions
    • General
    • Device Types
    • Services
    • Network Technology
  • About iGR
    • Disclaimer

List of Tables

  • Table 1: Benefits of Neutral DAS
  • Table 2: Challenges of DAS
  • Table 3: Advantages of DAS
  • Table 4: Small Cell Comparison, according to Nokia-Siemens
  • Table 5: Small Cell Comparison, according to AT&T’s Antenna Solutions Group
  • Table 6: Location of Voice Improvements, Personal vs. Work Users
  • Table 7: Types of Desired Voice Improvements
  • Table 8: Commercial Buildings in the U.S., 2003
  • Table 9: Number of Floors per Commercial Building
  • Table 10: Commercial Buildings per Floor Space Category
  • Table 11: Number of Occupied MDUs by Number of Stories per Structure, 2013
  • Table 12: Total Number of DAS Candidate Buildings, 2012-2017
  • Table 13: Total Nodes Among DAS Candidate Commercial Buildings
  • Table 14: Number of Occupied MDUs by Floor, 2012-2017
  • Table 15: Number of DAS Candidate MDUs, 2012-2017
  • Table 16: Total Number of Nodes at MDU DAS Candidate Buildings, 2012-2017
  • Table 17: Total Addressable Market, DAS Candidate Buildings 2012-2017
  • Table 18: Installed DAS Forecast, 2012-2017
  • Table 19: Installed DAS Forecast by Building Square Footage, 2012-2017
  • Table 20: Carrier Tenancy on DAS, 2012-2017
  • Table 21: Carrier DAS and Installed DAS, 2012-2017
  • Table 22: Installed DAS as Percent of TAM, 2012-2017
  • Table 23: DAS CapEx and OpEx, 2012-2017

List of Charts and Figures

  • Figure A: Installed DAS Systems 2012-2017
  • Figure 1: Basic DAS Configuration
  • Figure 2: DAS, BTS Hotels, and Remote Radio Heads
  • Figure 3: Location of Voice Improvements
  • Figure 4: Types of Desired Voice Improvements
  • Figure 5: Buildings in the U.S., 2003
  • Figure 6: Number of Floors per Commercial Building
  • Figure 7: Buildings per Floor Space Category
  • Figure 8: Number of Occupied MDUs by Number of Stories per Structure, 2013
  • Figure 9: Total Number of DAS Candidate Buildings, 2012-2017
  • Figure 10: Total Nodes Among DAS Candidate Commercial Buildings
  • Figure 11: Number of Occupied MDUs by Floor, 2012-2017
  • Figure 12: Number of DAS Candidate MDUs, 2012-2017
  • Figure 13: Number of Nodes at MDU DAS Candidate Buildings, 2012-2017
  • Figure 14: Total Addressable Market, DAS Candidate Buildings 2012-2017
  • Figure 15: Installed DAS Forecast, 2012-2017
  • Figure 16: Installed DAS Forecast by Building Square Footage, 2012-2017
  • Figure 17: Carrier DAS and Installed DAS, 2012-2017
  • Figure 18: DAS Installation Cost Matrix
  • Figure 19: DAS CapEx and OpEx, 2012-2017

For additional information on the U.S. Market Forecast, 2012-2017: Installations, Tenancy, OpEx and CapEx market research report, please contact Iain Gillott, at (512) 263-5682 or by email.