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BICSI releases ANSI/BICSI 006-2015 standard for DAS
By Renée Francoeur
May 20, 2015 – BICSI has released its latest standard, titled ANSI/BICSI 006-2015, Distributed Antenna System (DAS) Design and Implementation Best Practices.
In 2014, mobile data traffic was nearly 30 times the size of the entire global internet traffic in 2000, according to BICSI. Over the next five years, mobile data is projected to increase by factor of 10, it added. Solutions like distributed antenna systems (DAS) assist in providing capacity and access. And for a DAS, its design and installation is “vital for the reliability demanded by users.”
ANSI/BICSI 006-2015 is the “first DAS infrastructure standard that provides designers and installers both information on the types and components of a DAS and also requirements and recommendations for a standards-compliant, vendor-neutral DAS”, BICSI noted.
A DAS supports numerous services used on a daily basis, including cellular service; personal communications service (PCS); enhanced specialized mobile radio (ESMR); advanced wireless services (AWS); broadband radio services (BRS); public safety and business band land mobile radio (LMR); and emergency medical service (EMS) radio. As reliance on these services—and thus the underlying infrastructure—has increased, BICSI said the DAS Standard was developed to provide industry and service provider neutral requirements and best practices for the design and installation of a DAS to meet current and future needs.
ANSI/BICSI 006-2015 can be purchased at www.bicsi.org/006.