Mobile Experts, who specialize in radio electronics for both handsets and infrastructure, plan to deploy over 16 million DAS nodes by the end of 2018. The company released a 5-year forecast for their Distributed Antenna System today. There has been speculation that DAS is going to grow very quickly over the next few years.
"Multiple operators in North America are doubling or tripling their DAS spending plans", explained Joe Madden, Principal Analyst at Mobile Experts. "In China, DAS spending is down 20%, but in the USA 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."
Through their research, Mobile Experts predicts that the number of DAS nodes will double in the next three years and by the end of 2018 more than 50% of DAS networks will include small cells and Wi-Fi. Their five-year forecast illustrated the trends in Wi-Fi and public safety adoption, along with LTE services.
"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," Madden explained.
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