Course Overview

Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) and Small Cells are addressing the number one challenge faced by the cellular industry – how to provide more capacity and solve coverage problems where service from macro tower is not enough due to limited radio resources. This course provides a system level understanding of different types of DAS and Small Cell architecture. It introduces hardware components used in a typical indoor and outdoor DAS systems, their advantages, and limitations. Different types of small cells – femtocell, picocell, and microcells are introduced and compared. Examples of RF Plumbing Diagrams are used to explain signal flow for indoor and outdoor applications. The course also introduces Citizens Broadband Radio Services (CBRS) framework and provides overview of CBRS uses cases including “private LTE and 5G” networks. Designed for all audiences, this course is essential to understand how 5G and future generations will have to rely to DAS and Small Cells for coverage and capacity solutions.

Intended Audiences

  • Personnel without any DAS, small cell, and CBRS background.
  • Personnel who have worked with macro sites and want to transition to DAS and small cells.
  • Personnel who have primarily worked with in-building Wi-Fi systems and want to learn about the impact of DAS, small cell, and CBRS-based networks on coverage and capacity solutions.


  • Wireless 101 is recommended

Key Takeaways

  • Recognize the role of densification and small cells for 5G networks.
  • Understand the design tradeoffs between DAS and small cell architectures.
  • Learn the difference between passive and active DAS elements.
  • Identify the functionality of typical hardware components such as splitters, combiners, tappers, etc. in different types of DAS.
  • Learn different types of small cells – femtocells, picocells, and microcells.
  • Differentiate between indoor and outdoor small cells.
  • Interpret RF connection diagrams and apply capacity/coverage planning techniques for DAS and small cells.
  • Learn the challenges inherent with small cell deployments and how to apply RF planning techniques.
  • Understand the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) framework and be able to identify different tiers of CBRS users.
  • Learn different use-cases of CBRS including Private LTE and Private 5G networks.

Course Includes

  • Course Outline
  • Frequent Knowledge Checks
  • Glossary of Key Terms
  • Certificate of Completion


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