Small Cells, DAS & Het-Nets

U.S. DAS Market Forecast, 2014-2019: Installations, Tenancy, and Spending for Commercial Buildings and MDUs

Since a great deal of smartphone and tablet usage happens indoors, mobile operators are looking to small cells as a way to solve in-building coverage/capacity issues. A Distributed Antenna System (DAS) is a type of small cell that provides coverage and capacity in buildings of all sizes.

This iGR market study defines DAS architecture, discusses the advantages and challenges of DAS, and provides profiles of almost twenty DAS vendors. The study also provides a five-year forecast for the total addressable market and number of installed DAS in the U.S. for both commercial buildings and multiple dwelling units (MDUs). Forecasts are also included for the expected spending on building DAS and operating the systems.

DAS is a wireless telecommunications architecture that is characterized by multiple antennas connected to processing units that are distributed throughout a venue – e.g., a stadium, hotel, airport, etc. DAS requires an antenna/repeater and cellular base station to provide a RF signal throughout a building or other indoor/outdoor area. DAS systems are typically deployed to improve both the voice and data coverage on licensed cellular bands in a variety of venues.


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 is a DRS and how does it compare to 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 MDUs?
  • 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 in commercial buildings and MDUs?
  • What are the key elements and assumptions in iGR’s build spending and operating costs forecast for installed DAS in commercial buildings and MDUs?
  • What is the five-year build spending and operating costs forecast for installed and carrier DAS 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
    • Distributed Radio System
    • Neutral-Host DAS vs. Single Host DAS
    • Changing Nature of DAS
    • Comparing DAS to Other Small Cells
  • Advantages and Challenges of DAS
    • Advantages Provided by DAS
    • Challenges with DAS Deployments
  • Enterprise Small Cell Awareness
  • Commerical Buildings in the U.S
  • Housing in the U.S
  • DAS: Total Addressable Market Forecast
    • Methodology
  • DAS: Total Addressable Market Forecast
    • DAS Total Addressable Market
    • MDU Only TAM
    • Commercial Building Only TAM
  • U.S. DAS Installations Forecast
    • Installed DAS Forecast
      • DAS installed in MDUs
      • DAS installed in Commercial Buildings
    • Tenancy
  • Spending on DAS – Network and Operating Costs
    • DAS Total Build and Operating Spend
    • Build and Operating Spend – DAS in MDUs
    • Build and Operating Spend – DAS in Commercial Buildings
  • DAS Vendor Profiles
    • Advanced RF Technologies, Inc. (ADRF)
    • Betacom Incorporated
    • Black Box Network Services
    • BTI Wireless
    • C Squared Systems (C2 Systems)
    • Cobham Wireless
    • Comba Telecom
    • CommScope
    • Connectivity Wireless Solutions
    • Corning
    • Crown Castle
    • Ethertronics
    • ExteNet Systems
    • Galtronics
    • iBwave Solutions (Corning Incorporated)
    • SOLiD
    • Solutelia
    • Westell Technologies
    • Zinwave
  • Definitions
    • General
    • Device Types
    • Services
    • Network Technology
  • About iGR
    • Disclaimer

List of Tables

  • Table 1: Benefits of Neutral-Host DAS
  • Table 2: Different Types of Small Cells, Licensed and Unlicensed Spectrum
  • Table 3: Advantages of DAS
  • Table 4: Challenges of DAS
  • Table 5: Awareness of Enterprise Small Cell Solutions
  • Table 6: Interest in Enterprise Small Cell Solutions
  • Table 7: Commercial Buildings in the U.S.
  • Table 8: Commercial Buildings in the U.S.
  • Table 9: Commercial Buildings in the U.S.
  • Table 10: Number of Floors per Commercial Building
  • Table 11: Predominant Roof Material
  • Table 12: Predominant Exterior Wall Material
  • Table 13: Windows and Interior Lighting Features
  • Table 14: Housing Units, U.S.
  • Table 15: All Building Types DAS TAM, 2014-2019
  • Table 16: MDU Only DAS TAM, 2014-2019
  • Table 17: Commercial Building Only DAS TAM, 2014-2019
  • Table 18: Installed DAS Forecast, 2014-2019
  • Table 19: Installed DAS in MDUs, 2014-2019
  • Table 20: Installed DAS in Commercial Buildings, 2014-2019
  • Table 21: MDU DAS Carrier Tenancy, 2014-2019
  • Table 22: Commercial Building DAS Carrier Tenancy, 2014-2019
  • Table 23: DAS Network Spending and Operating Costs ($000), 2014-2019
  • Table 24: Spending on DAS in MDUs ($000), 2014-2019
  • Table 25: Spending on DAS in Commercial Buildings ($000), 2014-2019

List of Charts and Figures

  • Figure A: Installed DAS Systems, 2014-2019
  • Figure B: DAS Network Spending and Operating Costs ($000), 2014-2019
  • Figure 1: Basic DAS Configuration
  • Figure 2: DAS, BTS Hotels, and Remote Radio Heads
  • Figure 3: Changing Nature of DAS
  • Figure 4: Awareness of Enterprise Small Cell Solutions
  • Figure 5: Interest in Enterprise Small Cell Solutions
  • Figure 6: Commercial Buildings in the U.S.
  • Figure 7: Buildings in the U.S.
  • Figure 8: Number of Floors per Commercial Building
  • Figure 9: Predominant Roof Material
  • Figure 10: Predominant Exterior Wall Material
  • Figure 11: Windows and Interior Lighting Features
  • Figure 12: Housing Units, U.S.
  • Figure 13: All Building Types DAS TAM, 2014-2019
  • Figure 14: MDU Only DAS TAM, 2014-2019
  • Figure 15: Commercial Building Only DAS TAM, 2014-2019
  • Figure 16: Installed DAS Forecast, 2014-2019
  • Figure 17: Installed DAS in MDUs, 2014-2019
  • Figure 18: Installed DAS in Commercial Buildings, 2014-2019
  • Figure 19: MDU DAS Carrier Tenancy, 2014-2019
  • Figure 20: Commercial Building DAS Carrier Tenancy, 2014-2019
  • Figure 21: DAS Installation Cost Matrix
  • Figure 22: DAS Network Spending and Operating Costs ($000), 2014-2019
  • Figure 23: Spending on DAS in MDUs, 2014-2019 ($000)
  • Figure 24: Spending on DAS in Commercial Buildings, 2014-2019

For additional information on the U.S. DAS Market Forecast, 2014-2019: Installations, Tenancy, and Spending for Commercial Buildings and MDUs market study, please contact Iain Gillott, at (512) 263-5682 or by email.