In a recent market study, ABI Research forecasts the in-building wireless market to more than double in revenue by 2020, with the market anticipated to top $9 billion by 2020. The firm predicts that North American activity will drive the overall market, with Europe and Asia-Pacific regions working to pick up the pace during 2016. Overall, ABI Research expects the in-building wireless market to return to growth in the second half of this year. The in-building wireless market covers small cells and the distributed antenna system(DAS).
Nick Marshall, Research Director at ABI Research said that, "North America will continue to be the region with the most DAS spend. Sports venues, transportation and healthcare will continue to be the verticals that attract the most DAS investment, with shopping malls and hospitality coming in at a close second place.
Marshall added that, "Together, North America's sports venue, transportation and healthcare verticals account for just under half of DAS spending as major mobile network operators, such as Verizon Wireless, AT&T and neutral host providers, continue to deploy systems in these verticals".
While the Asia-Pacific region today accounts for just one fifth of the total market, ABI Research forecasts it to be the fastest growing region and to represent almost one third of the market by 2020.