In-Building Wireless Equipment Market to Reach $2B in 2013

LONDON - As more people rely on mobile phones in place of landlines, cellular coverage has become a "must-have" for residents of apartment communities and for people working in or even visiting large buildings. The global market for in-building wireless equipment is estimated to reach $2 billion by 2013, according to a new report by ABI Research. Active distributed antenna systems (DAS) will contribute 50 percent of the total revenues; the other half includes passive DAS, repeaters, cabling and antennas. Active DAS equipment, which is mostly made up of headend and remote units used to distribute cellular signals throughout a building, are estimated to cross $1 billion by 2013.

The overall market for in-building wireless, which includes equipment and service revenues, also known as labor costs, is estimated to reach $3.6 billion by year-end 2013.

Aditya Kaul, practice director, mobile networks at ABI Research says, “Active DAS is the fastest-growing segment of the market today as large public and commercial buildings need highly scalable, flexible, high-capacity, multitechnology and multioperator solutions. While active DAS is where the action is, traditional passive DAS and repeaters will continue to see demand, especially in Asia Pacific and some parts of Europe, because of their cost-effectiveness and operator familiarity.”

The active DAS equipment market has an overall compound annual growth rate of 15 percent, with the North American region being the strongest, where the market is growing at 20 percent annually. Passive DAS equipment revenue, on the other hand, is expected to show a modest growth rate of 6 percent in North America.

ABI's market data accounts for the impact of small cells on DAS systems. Small cells and DAS intersect mostly in small and medium-sized buildings, where small cells can be deployed independently in place of DAS, complement DAS as hotspot fill-ins or, more importantly, feed into DAS in place of large, expensive macro base stations, repeaters or even remote radio heads.


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