DAS Fest 2013: We’ve Got Your HetNet Backstage Pass


Coming soon to arenas, airports, university campuses and other high-traffic locations near you: HetNets.

Heterogeneous networks – or what the cool kids call “HetNets” – are multi-layered wireless networks linking multiple access technologies, such as small cells and macro cells, to provide increased capacity in high-density locations.

So, what do HetNets mean to the average Joe? Nothing less than a carrier-grade connectivity experience, enabling travelers to watch videos in HetNet-enhanced airports like Dallas Love Field, or upload videos and watch replays at stadiums like Soldier Field.

These small cells can deliver a big capacity upgrade for networks overwhelmed with data demand. And with Cisco estimating that there will be more mobile devices than people on the planet by the end of this year, there’s more need than ever for more capacity and coverage.

While there is some debate about what technologies can be considered “small cells” in the HetNet, we’re with Iain Gillott of iGR, who recently wrote that “any RF network component that is not nailed to a tower,” can be considering a capacity-enhancing small cell technology, including femtocells, Wi-Fi and DAS  (Distributed Antenna System).


Doug Lodder, Boingo’s vice president of business development

HetNet technologies are hot, and our own VP of business development, Doug Lodder, embarked on his own “DAS Fest 2013” to preach the gospel of Wi-Fi and DAS as integral components of the cost-efficient, high performance HetNet.

New Orleans became a real DAS-Fest this week, with Doug discussing the benefits of a unified architecture, and the technical considerations of DAS, Wi-Fi and small cell deployments, at both the Competitive Carriers Global Expo and at the newly rebranded HetNet Forum (formerly the DAS Forum.)

You can check out Doug and an all-star line-up of speakers from AT&T, Sprint and SOLiD discussing the evolving role of Wi-Fi in the HetNet at “The Wi-Fi Factor” panel from the HetNet Forum here. (…and to see if any of the speakers throw some DAS hands into the mix, even for a split second.)

Next up on Doug’s “DAS Fest 2013”? The Small Cells North America conference in Boston, where Doug will be presenting the “Complexity vs. Capacity: Making HetNets Worth It” session.Small cells logo

If you’re attending the conference, be sure to check out Doug’s session to learn more about the inherent complexities in today’s multi-layered networks; the monetization opportunities with DAS and Wi-Fi converged networks; and new techniques to increase network efficiency, revenue and performance with DAS and Wi-Fi HetNets:

“Complexity vs. Capacity: Making HetNets Worth It”

Thursday, April 25

4 p.m. ET

Small Cells North America at the Hyatt Regency, Boston

For an encore, head over to the co-located Wi-Fi North America conference to check out a joint presentation on the “next phase in the Wi-Fi evolution,” Hotspot 2.0, also known as Next Generation Hotspot. Boingo senior vice president of engineering Dr. Derek Peterson will be presenting alongside Edgar Figueroa, president and CEO of the Wi-Fi Alliance, on the state of these new state-of-the-art standards:

“Joint Presentation & Q&A session: Hotspot 2.0 – the implications of the next phase of Wi-Fi evolution”

Thursday, April 25

4:25 p.m. ET

Wi-Fi North America at the Hyatt Regency, Boston

This ain’t old school Wi-Fi – with the advent of Next Generation Hotspot and with Wi-Fi and DAS converged networks launching in venues nationwide, it’s a whole new ballgame.

Stay tuned to “The Hotspot” for more HetNet news, and dispatches from future “DAS Fest” tours.

About Melody Demel

Melody is Senior Manager, PR for Boingo Wireless, where she is responsible for media relations, brand building and thought leadership initiatives. Melody is a die-hard Nebraska Cornhuskers fan and retired NCAA DI college field hockey player.
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