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The Buzz at PCIA 2013: The Evolution of DAS

By Mike Collado
October 15th, 2013

Evolution of DAS Panel with Dan Meyer (RCR), Jim Parker (AT&T), Ken Sandfeld (SOLiD), Greg Jacobs (Connectivity Wireless), Patrick Lau (CommScope) & Doug Lodder (Boingo)

A savvy restaurateur knows to never take the most popular dish off the menu.

In the case of PCIA’s 2013 Wireless Infrastructure Show, that dish is the “Evolution of DAS” panel session which once again drew a standing room only crowd eager to hear how current and emerging technologies are being – and will be – applied indoors and outdoors to enable wireless communications.

Truth be told, the session didn’t dwell on the past given the audience’s level of sophistication and experience. For a brief history, see our blog series which examines DAS then and now; the venue owner perspective; the carrier landscape; DAS OEM trends; and the pivotal role of system integrators.

Instead, the panel dove directly in to examine strategies for solving the issues highlighted in the opening keynotes:

  • the “Data Tsunami”
  • the quest for densification
  • enabling pervasive public-safety communications indoors and outdoors
  • delivering the above faster and more cost-effectively

With a panel consisting of AT&T which is investing big-time in Small Cells as part of the carrier’s Project VIP initiative and Boingo whose calling card is Wi-Fi, plus a contingent of DAS infrastructure OEMS and integrators, you’d expect some highly-opinionated opinions.

The panel – and audience – didn’t disappoint.

But in the final analysis, the PCIA event organizers did a very clever thing by composing the panel with DAS, Small Cell and Wi-Fi stakeholders – it drove home the reality that solving the aforementioned problems will be through a heterogeneous network or Het-Net approach where it’s not a winner-take-all choice between Small Cells, DAS or Wi-Fi but, instead, about choosing the right tool for the right job.

Which perhaps foreshadows that this wildly-popular session may likely be renamed the “Evolution of the Het-Net” in future PCIA event iterations.

SOLiD on the Evolution of DAS

SOLiD’s Ken Sandfeld met up with our friend Jeff Mucci at RCR Wireless News to talk about the Evolution of DAS prior to the start of the panel:



The Panelists Weigh-in

Watch the Evolution of DAS panel from PCIA 2013 covered by RCR Wireless News:

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