Wireless Infrastructure Association DAS & IN BUILDING Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) in Mid-Tier Markets: A Primer for Establishing In-Building Mobile Networks

Introduction

The in-building wireless industry has seen a fundamental shift in the market for Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) over the past 24 months. An ever-increasing ecosystem of integrators and
solution manufacturers are meeting market demand.

Tier-one venue opportunities (including sports stadiums, entertainment facilities and other indoor venues averaging more than 500,000 square feet) have slowed. These venues, however,
represent only about 30 percent of the in-building market for wireless infrastructure deployments. Mid-tier venues are now emerging as the biggest growth area for DAS deployments.
These mid-tier venues range in size from 100,000 square feet to 500,000 square feet and represent every imaginable vertical, structure design and ownership model.

There are strong and sound arguments to deploy DAS solutions in these venues: DAS provide both a data and voice capacity for carriers and an enhanced experience for venue patrons. Nonetheless,
there are significant barriers to overcome.

Deploying these systems is expensive, and carriers for the most part are unwilling to fund the vast majority of mid-tier market buildout. Affordability, ease-of-ownership, positive Return on
Investment (ROI) and flexible/future-proof technologies are becoming mandatory. The in-building ecosystem is adapting new and creative approaches from an investment standpoint, as well
as new technologies that embrace convergence.

All of this suggests a solid ROI for mid-tier DAS as the next chapter of in-building wireless communications. It also builds a case for why some mid-tier enterprises might be well suited to
creating their own DAS networks, working cooperatively with other stakeholders and prospective
partners.

*Read the full Whitepaper on the Wireless Infrastructure Association’s website: https://wia.org/resource-library/

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