In-building wireless systems that provide cellular coverage and capacity indoors when the macro network cannot effectively penetrate buildings will experience steady growth over the next five years according to a report from ABI Research.
The research company groups such systems into four broad categories: passive distributed antenna systems; active distributed antenna systems; distributed repeater solutions; and distributed radio solutions. ABI says that deployment growth of these systems has accelerated to nearly 26% and by 2013, more than 500,000 buildings will utilise an in-building wireless system.
Commented principal analyst Dan Shey says, “Buildings are the last great frontier for cellular coverage of vast portions of the population. With the majority of mobile voice and data network traffic originating inside buildings, operators need to have a strong in-building wireless service in an increasingly competitive environment if they expect to keep customers.”
ABI sees the drivers for in-building system growth as being region-dependent. They include frequency spectrum band distribution, network air interface protocol, data services adoption forecasts, customer ARPU spend and margin, building height, and materials construction.
“In-building wireless systems will also change the marketplace for serving business customers,” added Shey. “In-building wireless systems establish a footprint for the delivery of information and services. And successful mobile telecommunication providers will leverage these networks to fundamentally change the way data and communications are delivered to mobile customers.”