Five Reasons Why DAS Is Crucial to Small Cell Deployments

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News Release



Distributed Antenna Systems are Central to 4G Rollout Plans


MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Apr. 30, 2012 – Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) are crucial to mobile operators’ 4G

service rollout plans because of the need to cost-effectively deploy small cells, according to TE Connectivity

(TE). While media attention is often focused on picocells and microcells as the keys to small cell deployments,

TE contends that DAS will be essential to getting the maximum potential out of these small base stations. There

are five key reasons:

1. Future ready – DAS are independent of channel, protocol and BTS vendor. Future technology migrations,

spectrum re-farm or similar can be done without redesign of the Radio Access Network (RAN).

2. Multi-protocol capabilities – DAS can deliver multiple frequency bands in a single system over a given

area, unlike picocells and microcells, which are often restricted to one or two frequency bands.

3. Simplified backhaul – DAS driven from a base station hotel have a single point of backhaul taking into

account DAS multiple band and multiple protocol capabilities, whereas picocells and microcells must

have dedicated backhaul from each node location.

4. Lower cost maintenance – DAS is far easier and less costly to maintain than small base stations because

they consist of few base station hotels feeding agnostic, full-band remote antenna sites, leading to a

lower cost of service for the operator. Changes to network configuration for capacity management do not

require physical RAN site visits. The supporting base stations can be collocated to further reduce real

estate costs.

5. More efficient use of spectrum – With the simulcast capabilities, DAS networks can shape coverage and

maximize capacity utilization while making efficient use of radio resources.


“DAS is a proven solution for extending coverage and capacity throughout venues and outdoor areas of all

sizes,” said Joe Madden, principal analyst at Mobile Experts. “By combining DAS with small base stations,

mobile operators can get the best of both worlds – the reach, backhaul efficiency and spectral efficiency of DAS

with the right-sized capacity of a small base station.”


DAS are already being deployed regularly by major service providers in stadiums, hotels, universities, airports,

and other venues, and they are the preferred solution when a structure or an outdoor area would call for more

than one small base station to support the needed coverage and capacity. Rather than competing with small

base stations as a solution to data demands, DAS complement small base stations to extend their reach and

provide a more flexible way to deliver 4G capacity.


TE will present their DAS solutions at International CTIA Wireless 2012 in New Orleans, LA May 8-10, 2012.

About TE Connectivity

TE Connectivity is a global, $14 billion company that designs and manufactures approximately 500,000 products

that connect and protect the flow of power and data inside the products that touch every aspect of our lives. Our

nearly 100,000 employees partner with customers in virtually every industry—from consumer electronics, energy

and healthcare, to automotive, aerospace and communication networks—enabling smarter, faster, better

technologies to connect products to possibilities. More information on TE Connectivity can be found at


TE Connectivity’s Wireless and Services Business Unit provides innovative solutions for wireless, wireline, cable

and enterprise networks around the world. A leader in distributed antenna systems (DAS) for in-building and

microcellular networks, TE’s solutions transform the way mobile service delivery networks are created, deployed

and used for new mobile applications. TE’s services capabilities support a variety of multi-vendor, multitechnology

and multi-service deployments. Learn more about these solutions at

TE Connectivity, TE connectivity (logo) are trademarks.


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© 2012 ADC Telecommunications, Inc., a TE Connectivity Ltd. company. All rights reserved.

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TE Connectivity Contacts:


Media Relations:

North American Region:

Karen L. Galiger

Product Communications

(336) 665-5934


Product Communications:

Danah Ditzig

Senior Marketing Manager

(612) 210-1023