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Report: In-Building Wireless Deployments Accelerating

Tue, 05/20/2008 - 8:17am
Rhonda Wickham

The deployment rate of in-building wireless systems is on the rise, having increased almost 26% in the last year. According to ABI Research, in five years, nearly half a million buildings will employ an in-building wireless system. In-building wireless systems fall into four broad categories including passive distributed antenna systems, active distributed antenna systems, distributed repeater solutions and distributed radio solutions.

According to ABI’s principal analyst Dan Shey, drivers for in-building system growth are region-dependent, but include frequency spectrum band distribution, network air interface protocol, data services adoption forecasts, customer ARPU spend and margin, building height and materials construction. However, the ultimate influencers will be operators and building owners.

Shey said business customers also will play a huge role in this growth. “In-building wireless systems establish a footprint for the delivery of information and services,” he said. And successful mobile telecommunication providers will leverage these networks to fundamentally change the way data and communications are delivered to mobile customers.”

Besides assessing the in-building wireless system market, the ABI report also evaluates the effects of Wi-Fi, VoWi-Fi, WiMAX and public safety networks on  deployments.

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