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In-Stat: Global DAS revenue to exceed $13B by 2015

Posted: 25 May 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:distributed antenna systems? global revenue? mobile devices?

Total global revenue from distributed antenna systems (DAS) will exceed $13 billion in 2015 as cellular reception issues become more acute and mobile access devices are made to handle more data-rich applications, according to market intelligence company In-Stat.

According to In-Stat's latest research report, entitled "Distributed Antenna Systems-DAS to Fill-in Gaps," DAS represents a versatile indoor/outdoor approach for mobile transport by routing radio frequency (RF) signals through fiber or copper cabling from a single base station to multiple antennas located throughout a building or through antenna nodes.

This approach presents a viable alternative solution to the traditional way of adding new macro base stations to create new mobile capacity, especially since cell tower locations have become harder to acquire and the costs of new base stations have become prohibitive.

The new In-Stat research covered the number and revenues of new DAS deployments in six regions by eight major verticals, including government buildings, hospitals and healthcare, offices and corporate campuses, convention centers and sports arenas, universities and school campuses, transportation, depots, and airports, stadiums, and the remaining DAS mostly in hotels, casinos and hospitality centers.

In-Stat analyst Chris Kissel explained that DAS bridge several key areas in cellular coverage. "Femto-, pico-, micro-, and macrocells all augment cellular services and each provides a specific solution for a specific application. However, for each nodeB, latencies must be accounted for, and each nodeB requires its own backhaul. WiFi alleviates capacity issues on cellular networks and provides terrific data rates, although there are limitations with interoperability and there are distance limitations.�At this point, DAS becomes an unconventional, but practical answer where multiple airlinks need to be supported," Kissel said.

The In-Stat report projected that by 2012, the value for all DAS projects in North America, with the exception of metro area outdoor DAS will reach close $2 billion, with 15,000 new nodes being deployed in 2010 in metro area outdoor DAS, while DAS revenue in the Caribbean and Latin America regions will increase by 20 percent or more over the 2009-2015 forecast period.

The In-Stat report also forecasted that by 2015, hospitals and healthcare will represent almost half of the DAS revenue opportunities for indoor deployments in Western Europe, while in Eastern Europe, the build-up for DAS will start modestly, but will eventually grow to 3,897 new deployments in 2015.

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