Highlighting the year were new products offered up by manufacturers aimed at providing a wider variety of coverage solutions, spanning indoor/outdoor and low-power/high-power solutions, thus blurring the lines between an in-building wireless system and an outdoor DAS. Steps were also made toward the goal of making DAS a component of the heterogeneous network of the future.
Even indoor DAS technology now comes in multiple flavors. TE Connectivity introduced remote antenna units (RAU) that pump out six times the power of the standard RAUs in the bands above 1900 MHz and two times the power in the frequencies at 700 MHz and 850 MHz. Increased power gives the antennas greater coverage area, which means DAS deployments will require fewer antennas and less electronics and cabling.
In deployments, such as the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., in-building DAS moved from being a wireless stepchild to a cornerstone for dense urban cellular coverage. Additionally, DAS providers found a way distribute all the network components over the fiber infrastructure, allowing one headend to service multiple venues.
Even as the industry hype shifted to small cells and Wi-Fi, DAS remained the go-to technology for health care, campuses and stadiums, among other venues. In the last 12 months, whether it was the Super Bowl, the Olympics, Formula One racing, the Republican and Democratic national conventions or the NATO Summit – DAS was there providing communications at every high-profile event. Below are some of the stories that embody these trends.
Corning MobileAccess celebrated the completing integration of the two companies at the International CTIA Wireless 2012 in New Orleans. With the companies now fully assimilated, the new entity is ready to move forward with marketing of its product line. Corning MobileAccess chose the CTIA conference to introduce its new slogan “Total DAS: Where Cutting-edge DAS Design Meets Cabling Innovation.” Corning MobileAccess announced a high-power node to its portfolio, the MobileAccessGX, which provides 40 Watts (46 dBm) high-power remote outdoor coverage. The fiber-fed, multi-frequency, multi-operator remote is designed to complement the company’s lower power solutions, the MobileAccess1000 and MobileAccess2000. MORE
The line dividing in-building wireless and outdoor DAS is blurring, and that calls for higher power DAS units that integrate with in-building systems. To wit, Solid North America introduced the Titan 5 watt and 20 watt remote DAS units to provide expanded coverage area and capacity both inside and outside of buildings. Titan integrates with the Solid Alliance multi-operator and Express single-operator head-ends. MORE
A hybrid of high- and low-power DAS is the obvious choice for sporting venues and college and corporate campuses, where there is a need for indoor and outdoor coverage. There are systems that serve each purpose, but they may operate as separate systems, sometimes in the same venue. Running separate systems for each, however, didn’t make any sense to TE Connectivity. In response to the need for hybrid high-power/low-power DAS, TE Connectivity now offers a common system and graphical user interface that drives both the Flexwave Prism high-power DAS and InterReach Spectrum low-power DAS. MORE
ExteNet Systems won the contract to design, install, manage and maintain a DAS network in the currently being constructed Barclays Center, the 675,000-square foot, 19,000-seat home of the Brooklyn Nets, in Brooklyn, N.Y. What audiences at concerts, sports and family shows will see as interactive multimedia mobile network ExteNet sees as just the beginning of an expansive system that will connect the new Atlantic Yards mixed-use commercial and residential development project that includes 16 high-rise buildings. MORE
Political conventions are high-stakes affairs, affecting the future of the country. From a communications standpoint, these high-profile events, like the Super Bowl or the NCAA Final Four, offer a make-or-break test for a DAS to handle extreme amounts of data for a short period of time. TE Connectivity was hired to provide several systems that will operate at the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., and the Republican National Convention in Tampa Bay, Fla. MORE
The dazzling spectacle that is sport at its highest level will take center stage as the Olympics make their quadrennial run in London from July 27 to Aug. 12. Behind the scenes there will be no less herculean effort exerted as in-building systems designed by iWireless Solutions and Real Wireless, with help from iBwave Solutions, attempt to provide the wireless capacity that will match the data usage of millions of people. MORE
With a growing amount of the practice of medicine and public health is supported by mobile devices, Connectivity Wireless Solutions has deployed DAS in-building wireless coverage at 15 healthcare facilities, covering more than 20 million square feet of space so far this year. Hospitals and healthcare facilities are adopting wireless for point of care delivery and workflow enhancements, access to patient records and delivery of test results, augmentation of VoIP communications, telemetry and wireless IV pumps, remote monitoring and diagnostics, and mobile medication management and prescription information. MORE