5G upgrade cycle to boost in-building wireless

5G upgrade cycle to boost in-building wireless

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

According to the latest report from Mobile Experts, the lingering effects of COVID-19 have seriously impacted enterprise-driven in-building wireless projects like office buildings and hospitality venues that sat empty for months. Supply chain disruptions brought added challenges to suppliers and system integrators.

“The In-Building Wireless (IBW) market is at an interesting juncture in its evolution,” commented Principal Analyst Kyung Mun. “Despite several significant challenges from COVID-19, operators are making an effort to expand 5G network capacity through the mid-band spectrum (for example, C-band and 2.5 GHz) deployments in North America, which is the largest market for DAS. On the brink of the 5G mid-band upgrade cycle, the market is shifting, and this report covers what aspects of the market will win and which aspects will lose in these fluctuations.”

Small cells are capturing a growing share of the overall IBW market, and the trend will continue despite a DAS resurgence over the next few years from the 5G mid-band upgrade cycle. Mobile Experts foresees the open and virtualized RAN architecture playing a bigger role in private 5G network features around the 2024 timeframe.

“The numbers tell us that in-building cellular connectivity is the dominant use case that drives in-building wireless investments,” commented Principal Analyst Kyung Mun. “We estimate 90% of today’s IBW equipment sales from repeaters to DAS and small cells comes from this use case, and public safety and private wireless applications are incrementally adding to the market growth.”

For more about this report, click here.

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