As 2011 fades we are already shifting attention toward the frenzy of DAS activity we expect in the coming year. Budgets, forecasts and goal setting are top-of-mind. During these last few weeks, when no one is really sure who’s working and who’s not, it seems appropriate to take a step back, take a breath, gain some perspective and reflect on what stood out during 2011.
From my view, the biggest impact in the DAS space in 2011 was made by AT&T’s Antenna Solutions Group (ASG). Whether you were a DAS integrator, DAS equipment manufacturer, a competing carrier, a large venue owner or a third-party DAS owner (3PO), you felt the weight of AT&T’s grand push into the DAS space. AT&T hit its stride with hundreds of new employees offering hundreds of venue owners another choice for solving capacity and coverage challenges with limited out-of-pocket cost. While the AT&T model still requires much proving in the market, AT&T broke from the pack and challenged our industry to “rethink possible” when it comes to major venue DAS deployment.
The runner-up highlight in 2011 was the increasing level of enterprise-led DAS deployments. CIOs were at the table becoming educated on DAS technology and business models. Fortune 1000 corporate campuses, higher-education and hospitals are taking their wireless destiny into their own hands and are now more willing than ever to deploy DAS systems they own and manage with the help of trusted partners.
Tomorrow, I’ll put on my prediction hat and share what we at SOLiD believe to be the key DAS trends that will occur in 2012.
A version of this article was originally published in AGL Bulletin.above ground level, agl, AT&T, DAS Integrators, predictions, wireless carriers