DAS market to double by 2019, North America to drive

The in-building wireless (DAS) market size — equipment and deployments — will nearly double by 2019, said ABI Research.

Last month, Infonetics Research said the global distributed antenna system (DAS) market rose 11 percent to $1.1 billion in the first half of 2014. In North America, DAS revenue grew 19 percent in H1 2014.

ABI Research said North American activity will drive the market, while Europe and Asia-Pacific pick up the pace by 2016.

North America will see maximum DAS spend. Sports venues, transportation and healthcare verticals will attract the most DAS investment, while shopping malls and hospitality will rank second place. Together these verticals in North America account for about two-thirds of DAS spending.

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Stephane Teral, principal analyst for mobile infrastructure and carrier economics at Infonetics Research, said: “The U.S. has reached its DAS spending peak for LTE 4G coverage and capacity enhancement, posting double-digit year-over-year growth during the first half of 2014 and signaling an upcoming slowdown.”

ABI Research said Asia-Pacific and Europe will be in second and third ranks in terms of DAS market size.

Asia-Pacific region, which accounts for less than a quarter of the total market, will grow at a compound annual growth rate of more than 20 percent by 2019.

CommScope, Corning Mobile, TE Connectivity lead DAS market

Nick Marshall, research director at ABI Research, said: “The activity in Asia-Pacific is dominated by China and we believe that while Capex is targeted to TD-LTE and 4G macro deployments, in-building wireless deployments have paused and will turn the corner in 2016 when the market returns to growth.”

Infonetics Research also noted an increase in DAS spending in China.

ABI Research said CommScope, TE Connectivity, Axell, Corning, and SOLiD are expected to benefit from DAS spending.

Baburajan K