Systems integrators who specialize in DAS deployments are working overtime to meet demand, and scrambling to find enough qualified RF engineers. “I have guys working 24 hours a day seven days a week. Obviously not one team, but it is not uncommon anymore for us to be on site walks on Saturdays and Sundays,” said Darlene Braunschweig of Tempest Telecom. Braunschweig said Tempest is seeing more demand for DAS from smaller carriers and from tower owners. She added that her company is better able to meet deadlines by assigning different teams to installation and to testing.
Small cells were in the spotlight at this year’s Mobile World Congress 2014 event, but distributed antenna systems continue to outpace small cells in terms of carrier spending. And in Barcelona, it was quite clear that DAS is not giving way to small cells. If anything, interest in indoor antenna solutions was more keen this year than last.
Darlene Braunschweig of Tempest Telecom Solutions talks with RCR Wireless’ Kelly Hill about carrier concerns on small cell deployments and other market trends, at the DAS in Action 2013 conference in New Orleans. Braunschweig moderated a panel on Wi-Fi’s role in Wi-Fi networks.
With the hiring of Darlene Braunschweig as president of its DAS and small cell division, Tempest Telecom is ready to take its in-building and ODAS integration services on the road from coast to coast.