Research firm Mobile Experts this week released a new five-year forecast for Distributed Antenna Systems that projects rapid growth for DAS deployment, with the number of DAS nodes deployed doubling between 2013 and 2016.
More than 50% of DAS networks will include small cells and Wi-Fi by 2018.
"Multiple operators in North America are doubling or tripling their DAS spending plans", said Joe Madden, principal analyst at Mobile Experts. "In China, DAS spending is down 20%, but in the U.S. it's up 30%. There are radical changes going on, which in the end will be incredibly lucrative for DAS neutral hosts, installers, and system integrators.
"The DAS market will more than double in size over the next five years, with a dramatic increase in the combination of DAS with Wi-Fi, public safety radio, and LTE networks. People wonder how small cells will find access to backhaul. In fact, the clear answer is to use a fiber-based DAS system in many public buildings."
Further information on the report is available at www.mobilityexperts.com.