Top 10 Small Cell and DAS Companies - 2019
Today, enterprises are suffering from the pervasive problem of weak network coverage. The extensive area to be covered and the large number of people using the network weaken connectivity. This proves detrimental to business productivity and explains the need for reliable in-building wireless (IBW) coverage via small cell and DAS technologies. The emerging vendors in this landscape are improving indoor reception by providing more coverage and capacity that reaches beyond local cell towers.
Small cells originated about 10 years ago as residential femtocells. Very small, compact, and inexpensive, these devices primarily address poor in-building network coverage problems for domestic and small office/home office (SOHO) business use. Gradually, the capability and capacity of small cells have developed and now they can effectively cater to offices and malls with very high traffic density.
Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) on the other hand have a longer heritage of around two decades in the telecom industry. These address mostly larger properties such as shopping malls, stadiums and transport hubs with high footfall, medical and educational institutions, hotels, and more. Off-air DAS systems, that act more like a repeater to improve coverage, is being used for medium-sized buildings.
Small cell and DAS consulting and service providers are guiding enterprises about new developments in this landscape to adopt the best solutions that cater to their requirements. For instance, the use of intelligence-enabled automatic configuration and alternative methods of signal transport such as through an existing IT cabling infrastructure. These methods simplify installation and maintenance while reducing the cost of deployment. Also, the creation of the virtual "supercell" can eliminate signal overlap and ensure better connectivity for enterprises.
The suitability of a small cell or DAS solution for your enterprise relies on factors such as the size of the space that needs to be covered, capacity demands, the number of users, and the budget. The most appropriate solution to be chosen is one that comprehends the details of the project and caters to the stakeholders’ objectives. Both small cell and DAS solutions can be used together to deliver a lower cost of ownership and easier implementation.
To enhance coverage and help enterprises make the right IBW solution choice, a distinguished selection panel comprising CEOs, CIOs, VCs, and Telecom Tech Outlook magazine’s editorial board has selected a list of the most promising small cell and DAS consulting/service providers. These companies leverage innovative strategies to fulfil the coverage and connectivity requirements of enterprises.
Small cell and DAS solutions available today cater to different needs of enterprises. One of the key challenges that enterprises face in this landscape is solution selection, as it can be complicated in terms of zeroing in on a solution that strikes the right balance between needs, cost, complexity, and other factors. Small cell and DAS consulting/service companies can be helpful in this regard. To this end, Telecom Tech Outlook lists some of the top companies offering best-of-breed small cell and DAS services. The magazine also includes deep insights into the market by top-level executives.
We present to you Telecom Tech Outlook's "Top 10 Small Cell and DAS Consulting/Service Companies – 2019”.