Posted 23 September 2014 by Tom Kuklo
Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) have been defined as any system that receives an RF signal either over the air or from a Base Station, redistributes or amplifies that RF signal into a defined area through a network of antennas and receives a signal from a network of antennas and amplifies that RF signal back to the Base Station.
DAS networks have been deployed for both public safety as well as cellular communications. The mission for DAS networks may have started out as coverage enhancement for both types of wireless communication, cellular and public safety. However, the DAS mission for cellular networks, due to the increased demand for data coverage, has evolved to one that increases capacity within the cellular infrastructure. In a nutshell a public safety DAS network is deployed to protect lives and property while a cellular DAS network is designed for the user’s convenience and to generate revenue for providers.