What will it cost and what is a fair and reasonable contract?
Previously, responsibility for installation of DAS systems varied between the building
owner and the carriers or some combination, depending on venue. More recently,
DAS installation has been adopted as the cost of doing business by carriers who
are rewarded via customer retention and increased revenue. In most instances,
cellular carriers pay annual license fees for access to the facility with DAS equipment
and reimburse the facility for third party consultants and expenses associated with
developing the project. On large system deployments, carriers divide the cost of the
project amongst the carriers that participate in the system. A typical DAS system
buildout will range between 20 and 50 cents per square foot.