Indoor wireless systems of the future will merge the best of distributed antenna systems (DAS), small cells and distributed radio systems for a range of solutions to economically tackle any deployment scenario. driving the growth of the in-building wireless equipment market to $11 billion by 2023.
That’s according to a new report from ABI Research, which says in-building wireless systems are on the cusp of evolving to become a very high throughput, multi-technology hetnet as it converges LTE, 5G, Wi-Fi and 802.11ax, CBRS/OnGo, LAA and MulteFire into a single indoor RAN.
However, that projected growth comes with numerous challenges, says Nick Marshall, research director at ABI.
“The challenges of deploying a multi-technology hetnet lie in finding the best architecture, accommodating radio propagation characteristics in multiple frequency bands from sub 1 GHz to millimeter wave, choosing the right transport or fronthaul solution and the best antennas for the deployment scenario,” said Marshall.
The new report profiles 23 equipment vendors that are actively innovating in this market including CommScope, Corning, Dali Wireless, Ericsson, Huawei, JMA Wireless, Kathrein, and Nokia. This rich ecosystem includes repeater, DAS, DRS, and small cell vendors.