Distributed Antenna Systems Design and Implementation Best Practices

What is the DAS Standard from BICSI?

From architecture and design to deployment and implementation, the BICSI standards for distributed antenna systems (DAS) provide guidelines and best practices for deploying a system to augment existing wireless service. As a group of spatially separated and distributed antennas, DAS extend service indoors by relaying a cellular signal from a device to a carrier’s system.

The ANSI/BICSI 006-2015 standard outlines the requirements of superior performing systems as well as requirements and recommendations for the design and installation of standards-compliant, manufacturer-agnostic systems. The standard:

  • Provides uniform project installations
  • Ensures design consistency
  • Sets a minimum level of installation/design proficiency
  • Provides information for better system performance
  • Sets minimum standards for hardware performance

Why is it important?

The use of standards as best practices for DAS implementation affords designers and installers an opportunity to enhance their knowledge of quality DAS.

Passive DAS

Source: BICSI-006-2015

Active DAS

Source: BICSI-006-2015

Scope of the Standard – ANSI/BICSI 006-2015

ANSI/BICSI 006-2015 Standard

Source: BICSI-006-2015

  • Description of typical DAS
  • Components used within a DAS
  • Types of host systems
  • Compliance and integration with codes, standards and legal concerns
  • Coordination with host systems
  • RF system design methods
  • EMC and RFI mitigation
  • Designer, installer and service personnel qualifications
  • Administration, labeling and documentation
  • Inspection, testing and maintenance


The DAS standard is applicable to all signal source technologies; this standard does not specifically address Wi-Fi or WiMAX.

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