Explosive growth in DAS, small cell markets could create a workforce pinch

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In-building wireless connectivity be it from a small cell or distributed antenna systems (DAS) is an essential mentioned by many consumers in the same breath as water and electricity.

In addition to the current red hot market demand for in-building wireless solutions, projections suggest a long growth runway. Consider: IHS Infonetics reported in May that the DAS market alone grew 11% from 2013 to 2014 to $2.2 billion. Similarly, research firm Markets and Markets estimates the global small cell market to be worth $3.92 billion by 2020.

As service providers and venue owners race to deploy solutions in a way that provides added value to the end user and a return on the often costly investment, operational expense is a major concern.

Small cell and DAS installations need to happen quickly and correctly–the first time–to avoid expensive reworking; the availability of well-trained and certified technicians cant slow down the provisioning of services that can make or break customer retention.

To support this important industry movement, Anritsu has expanded its training offerings from cell tower-specific to include both active and passive DAS.

Training Program Manager Shawn Kelly told RCR Wireless News the new instructor-led training programs will offer technicians the opportunity to stay on the cutting-edge of telecom workforce needs.

DAS installers work in a very convoluted industry with very few authorities that agree on best practices, so it must be very frustrating to try and get the job done right. Thats where Anritsu training comes in.

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