Small Cells, DAS & Het-Nets

U.S. Indoor Small Cells: A Five Year TCO for 100k and 500k SqFt Office Buildings

This market study presents an in-building wireless total cost of ownership model for an Active DAS installed in a 100,000 square foot and 500,000 square foot office building. The model focuses on Active DAS, but it can be adapted to contrast and compare any type of in-building wireless system. All of the assumptions iGR used to reach its cost estimate are included in the market study.


Key Questions Answered

  • What is an in-building wireless system? What are indoor small cells, indoor DAS, active, passive and hybrid DAS, signal boosters, DAS Lite, femtocells and picocells and Cloud RAN?
  • What are some of the issues with deploying indoor small cells in the U.S.?
  • How do these issues impact the cost of deploying indoor small cells in the market?
  • Where are indoor small cells most likely to be located? What’s their role?
  • What are the main drivers of indoor small cell deployment costs?
  • How much does it cost to deploy indoor small cells?

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
    • What this Means
  • Methodology
  • Basic Mobile Operator Network Architecture
    • Wireless Spectrum
    • Cell Sites
  • Setting the Stage for Small Cells
    • Network “Pain Points”
    • Different Types of Small Cells
  • 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
  • General Trends / Assumptions around Indoor Small Cells
    • Market inhibitors
  • Indoor Small Cells TCO: Assumptions
    • The 100K Square Foot Model
    • The 500K Square Foot Model
    • Summary
  • Small Cell Vendor Profiles
    • Accelleran
    • Airspan Networks
    • CellXica
    • Comba Telecom
    • CommScope
    • Corning SpiderCloud Wireless
    • Druid Software
    • Ericsson
    • Gemtek
    • Huawei
    • ip.access
    • JMA Wireless
    • Juni
    • Kathrein
    • Microlab (Wireless Telecom Group)
    • NEC
    • NextNav
    • Nokia Networks
    • Oracle
    • Quortus
    • Samsung Electronics
    • Sercomm
    • TeleWorld
    • ZTE Corporation
  • Definitions
  • About iGR
    • Disclaimer

List of Tables

  • Table A: Total Cost of Ownership, Active DAS, 100K and 500K Square Feet
  • Table 1: Different Types of Small Cells, Licensed and Unlicensed Spectrum
  • Table 2: Advantages of DAS
  • Table 3: Challenges of DAS
  • Table 4: Total Cost of Ownership, Active DAS, 100K and 500K Square Feet
  • Table 5: TCO of an Active DAS, Network Build portion, 100,000 square foot building
  • Table 6: TCO of an Active DAS, Operational Spending portion, 100,000 square foot building
  • Table 7: TCO of an Active DAS, Network Build portion, 500,000 square foot building
  • Table 8: TCO of an Active DAS, Operational Spending portion, 500,000 square foot building

List of Charts and Figures

  • Figure A: Total Cost of Ownership, Active DAS, 100K and 500K Square Feet
  • Figure 1: Basic Components of Cellular Voice/Data Network
  • Figure 2: Basic DAS Configuration
  • Figure 3: DAS, BTS Hotels, and Remote Radio Heads
  • Figure 4: 3GPP Approaches to Network Sharing
  • Figure 5: Total Cost of Ownership, Active DAS, 100K and 500K Square Feet

For additional information on the U.S. Indoor Small Cells: A Five Year TCO for 100k and 500k SqFt Office Buildings market study, please contact Iain Gillott, at (512) 263-5682 or by email.