Distributed Antenna Systems grew from the need to provide wireless coverage and capacity to areas of highly concentrated users. More recently, as capacity and coverage demands expanded and some municipalities passed strict edicts against constructing towers, DAS systems got deployed along streets to provide service in the urban and suburban outdoors. Another solution to add capacity and coverage uses compact base stations which are getting large attention from both a cost and performance perspective. From a deployment perspective, they provide similar network architecture to DAS, which raises the question on how these two solutions compare. This application note will highlight the areas where each solution makes economic and technical sense.