Multi-carrier Distributed Antenna Systems in the Americas today
Comparing the neutral host DAS business to the macro tower business
There are around 75,000 neutral host nodes in the U.S. market today. Two thirds of those are owned by towercos, the rest are carrier owned, with around 10,000 owned by AT&T’s antenna solutions group (which markets their solutions to other MNOs), while Sprint are deploying their own small cell network. Even where projects are carrier-led, an increasing proportion of outdoor Distributed Antenna Systems (oDAS) and in-building solutions are able to support neutral host.
DAS are used as both a coverage solution and for infill capacity in urban locations in the U.S. The indoor Distributed Antenna System (iDAS) market is still bigger than the outdoor market in the U.S.,