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Data explosion driving DAS network deployments in stadiums

By Seth Buechley
October 11th, 2010

October 8 2010 – 11:11 am ET | Tracy Ford | RCR Wireless News

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in PCIA’s Wireless Infrastructure 2010 show guide.

As wireless networks continue to need capacity to handle the explosion of data applications, Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) networks continue to gain traction as a method to offload traffic from the macro-cellular network.

Vertical market deployments also are opening up new opportunities for DAS system providers as building owners begin to realize that consistent wireless service is as attractive to potential tenants as other amenities. In particular, outdoor stadiums, like Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia and Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, are driving vertical-market deployments, along with hospitality, healthcare and retail outlets.

A little history

“DAS used to be very difficult to get into a building, especially for systems integrators because just because it is advantageous for the building owner didn’t mean it was advantageous for the carrier,” said Connie Durcsak, senior director for industry and government relations at PCIA. Today, however, the “market is set to explode” as between 60% and 80% of worldwide data connections initiate inside a building, she noted. “The next bubble for DAS is going to be on the in-building side.” Read the rest of the story here.

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