The wireless industry moves quickly.
Whether it’s new technology innovations that revolutionize how we use wireless
services, or the operators’ collective need to roll-out capacity more quickly
to keep up with demand, change is always happening. One recent change is the intense focus on the in-building wireless space. Wondering why? CommScope’s latest infographic “Wrestling with the Data Tsunami Indoors” points out some of the market
drivers behind the heightened interest.
Supporting wireless services inside buildings is
not new. Operators have been dealing with the challenges of wireless coverage
in areas where concrete walls and glass bock RF signals for years. But
in-building wireless today is more about providing capacity than just ensuring
reliable coverage. Why? Foremost, it’s due to smartphones and the easier
accessibility to data-intensive applications that people use them for. When 80
percent of mobile sessions occur indoors, it’s easy to see why providing more
in-building wireless capacity is a concern.
The Data Tsunami Indoors touches on some
of the other drivers, too. According to our calculations, only two percent of
commercial real estate globally has a dedicated in-building wireless system.
And yet this year, 90 percent of companies will support their corporate
business applications on employees’ personal mobile devices. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), as this
trend is commonly called, means a wider variety of devices and operator
networks that need support.
Many wireless industry analysts predict
that explosive growth in in-building wireless is likely. The infographic shows
one prediction for four million distributed antenna system (DAS) nodes to be deployed
at one million sites by 2018. DAS are the industry’s most common coverage and
capacity solution currently. That’s a lot of growth. Of course, the
technological evolution continues onward with new solutions being announced for
how best to support in-building wireless in the next 100,000 buildings.
But the general trend towards supporting
wireless services in more buildings seems pretty certain. Especially when 2/3
of smartphone users expect websites to load on their devices in four seconds or
less (another interesting stat in the infographic). Check out the full “Wrestling with the Data Tsunami Indoors”
to learn more. What other drivers do you see pushing this market space forward?