I’m sure every year has its share of highs and lows, ups and downs, challenges and opportunities, you get it… But 2015 seemed to be infused with a little more change than in recent years.
The ecosystem wrestled with two significant and interrelated transformations:
First, business models for funding and owning DAS networks got put under the microscope. Wireless operators moved further away from owning the neutral host DAS network as evidenced by AT&T’s all-but-abandonment of its Antenna Solutions Group (ASG). And even though they had been connecting to 3PO-owned networks for the 12 to 18 months leading up to 2015 (and continued to connect throughout the year), operators started to question whether the old business models for DAS networks – where the venue does not pay – are still valid.
Second, the ecosystem began to shift focus from Tier 1 venues (i.e., having over 500,000 square feet such as stadia, subways, airports, etc.) to the Middleprise (i.e., enterprise venues having 100,000 to 500,000 square feet such as hospitals, hotels, college buildings and Class A corporate). Why? Namely, saturation within the Tier 1 segment. In contrast, the nascent Middleprise market has barely been addressed. But it comes with challenges to not only the business models and technology toolkit but also to network infrastructure and public-safety communications.
No doubt, we’ll begin to see evolutionary and revolutionary progress in the coming years that address both of those trends.
Until then, thanks for reading. On behalf of Team SOLiD, I wish you and your families comfort, joy, peace and happiness to last throughout the coming year!
Here’s what you read the most on The Inside Story in 2015…
Number 1: WiFi on a DAS? First ask yourself why
Convergence and all-fiber infrastructure inform that the industry will keep wrestling with this question.
Number 2: The Evolution of Multi-Carrier DAS
An oldie but goodie – A look from back in 2011 at how DAS may evolve.
Number 3: What are the Business Models for In-Building Coverage for Healthcare & Why Look at Them Now?
Another throwback post but clearly indicative of what was on the minds of the ecosystem in 2015.
Number 4: Holding its Own: IBTUF IX
The annual Verizon summit wrestled with hot topics including Small Cells, Public-Safety, CPRI and C-RAN
Number 5: The Wonderful World of Wireless
In spite of industry turbulence, the wireless industry is about to usher in some significant change and opportunity!
Number 6: The Public Safety Imperative
Creating safer in-building environments for occupants and first responders is paramount.
Number 7: Kicking Off 2015 at the NEDAS Philadelphia Social
It was a frigid evening but a great start to the year hosted by our good friends at NEDAS!
Number 8: The Future of DAS Ownership
Another throwback – an exploration of how funding and ownership models could evolve.
Number 9: A Disturbance in the Force
Given what’s currently in movie theaters, how apropos… The Middleprise!
Number 10: An Unlikely Discussion at MWC
It’s almost that time again… Our thoughts on the hot topics for the 2015 edition amid industry superlatives.