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Small Cells, DAS & Het-Nets

U.S. Outdoor and Indoor DAS Forecast, 2018-2023: How will DAS continue to support LTE and 5G?

All of the talk these days is about 5G. Will distributed antenna systems, indoor and outdoor, have a role in the 5G world? Absolutely. But just as the architecture of radio access networks (RANs) will change as operators move from LTE to 5G, so too will DAS change.

iGR splits the DAS market by indoor and outdoor and then further divides the indoor market into commercial buildings and residential (multiple dwelling units or MDUs). iGR’s oDAS forecast grows out of its “outdoor small cell” model and market study, while its iDAS forecast grows out of its “indoor small cell” model and market study. This market study highlights the DAS-specific portions of those models and market studies.

This market study provides a brief overview of the different types of small cells, including DAS, and the benefits and challenges around iDAS and oDAS deployments. It then provides an explanation of the methodology used to create the five-year forecasts for actual iDAS and oDAS nodes and systems. The iDAS forecasts are further divided into commercial buildings and residential MDUs.


Key Questions Answered

  • What is an outdoor small cell? What are metrocells, RRHs and oDAS?
  • What is an indoor small cell? What are femtocells, picocells and iDAS?
  • What is a DAS?
  • How does DAS fit into operators’ evolving networks?
  • What are the issues with deploying DAS in the U.S.?
  • What is the role of CPRI with iDAS and oDAS?
  • How is DAS changing/evolving?
  • Where are DAS nodes most likely to be located? What’s their role?
  • How many DAS nodes and systems are likely to be deployed in the U.S. between 2018 and 2023?
  • How is the forecast of the number of DAS nodes and systems split by location – outdoor, commercial buildings and residential buildings?
  • How is the forecast of the number of DAS nodes and systems split by spectrum category – sub 6 GHz (non CBRS) and CBRS?

Who Should Read

  • Mobile operators
  • Infrastructure OEMs
  • Small cell product and solution vendors
  • Backhaul service providers and equipment OEMs
  • Financial analysts and investors.

Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Executive Summary
  • Methodology
  • Basic Mobile Operator Network Architecture
    • Wireless Spectrum
    • Cell Sites
    • The Different Types of Haul
  • Setting the Stage for Small Cells
    • Network “Pain Points”
    • Different Types of Small Cells
    • iGR’s Definitions of Small Cells
    • Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS)
      • Hybrid Antenna System
      • DAS/Small Cell Architecture
      • Neutral-Host DAS vs. Single Host DAS
      • DAS Lite
      • Changing Nature of DAS
    • Signal Boosters
    • Femtocells and Picocells
    • Metrocells
    • Remote Radio Heads
      • Difference Between RRHs and oDAS
      • Difference between RRHs and Metrocells
  • Pros and Cons of In-building Small Cells
    • Benefits of Deploying In-Building Small Cells
    • Cons of Deploying In-Building Small Cells
    • Advantages Provided by DAS
    • Challenges with DAS Deployments
  • Related Topics: MEC, CBRS and Proptech
    • Edge Computing
    • CBRS
    • Proptech
  • Outdoor Small Deployment Issues
    • Small Cell Deployment Requirements
    • Small Cell Installations
    • Locations for Small Cells
    • Small Cell Deployment Issues
  • 5G Defined
    • URLLC
    • Massive IoT
    • 5G Services and Use Cases
  • General Trends / Assumptions: Outdoor Small Cells
    • Market Drivers
    • Market Inhibitors
    • Summary of Small Cell-related Regulations and Legislation
  • Assumptions: Indoor Small Cells
    • The Residential Market
    • The Enterprise Market
    • A Word about Wi-Fi
    • Other Issues
  • DAS: Actual Deployments Forecast
    • DAS-specific Assumptions
    • U.S. Installed DAS Nodes
    • U.S. Installed DAS Systems
  • DAS Vendor Profiles
    • Advanced RF Technologies, Inc. (ADRF)
    • Bandwidth Logic
    • Betacom Incorporated
    • BTI Wireless
    • C Squared Systems (C2 Systems)
    • Cobham Wireless
    • Comba Telecom
    • CommScope
    • Connectivity Wireless Solutions
    • Corning / Corning SpiderCloud Wireless
    • Crown Castle
    • Dali Wireless
    • ExteNet Systems
    • Galtronics
    • iBwave Solutions (Corning)
    • SOLiD
    • Solutelia
    • Westell Technologies
    • Zinwave
  • Definitions
  • About iGR
    • Disclaimer

List of Tables

  • Table A: U.S. Installed DAS Nodes, 2018-2023
  • Table 1: Different Types of Small Cells, Licensed and Unlicensed Spectrum
  • Table 2: Benefits of Neutral-Host DAS
  • Table 3: Advantages of DAS
  • Table 4: Challenges of DAS
  • Table 5: U.S. Installed DAS Nodes, 2018-2023
  • Table 6: U.S. DAS Systems, 2018-2023
  • Definitions Table

List of Charts and Figures

  • Figure A: U.S. Installed DAS Nodes, 2018-2023
  • Figure 1: Basic Components of Cellular Voice/Data Network
  • Figure 2: Cell Site Backhaul Capabilities and Use Cases, Wired and Wireless
  • Figure 3: Basic DAS Configuration
  • Figure 4: DAS, BTS Hotels, and Remote Radio Heads
  • Figure 5: Types of DAS
  • Figure 6: 3GPP Approaches to Network Sharing
  • Figure 7: Overview of COMP
  • Figure 8: Example of Intercell Interference
  • Figure 9: Example of Coordinated Resource Blocks via ICIC
  • Figure 10: Blanking of subframes in eICIC
  • Figure 11: U.S. Installed DAS Nodes by Location, 2018-2023
  • Figure 12: U.S. Installed DAS Nodes by Spectrum Category, 2018-2023
  • Figure 13: U.S. Installed DAS Systems by Location, 2018-2023
  • Figure 14: U.S. Installed DAS Systems by Spectrum Category, 2018-2023

For additional information on the U.S. Outdoor and Indoor DAS Forecast, 2018-2023 market study, please contact Iain Gillott, at (512) 263-5682 or by email.