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Wireless Systems Support Football and Baseball Fans at Major Stadiums

Tue, 09/14/2010 - 7:56am
MINNEAPOLIS --(BUSINESS WIRE) -- ADC today announced that its InterReach Fusion®, InterReach Spectrum and FlexWave™ Prism distributed antenna systems (DAS) have been deployed to deliver clear, high-capacity 2G, 3G and 4G wireless services at major college and professional sports stadiums across the United States.

As fans gear up for another exciting start to football season and the professional baseball playoff season, ADC’s wireless systems will ensure that they can phone, text, and e-mail their friends as well as access the Internet during capacity-crowd events. Stadiums newly outfitted with ADC DAS equipment include:

* Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies baseball team

* Oakland Coliseum, home of the Oakland Athletics baseball team and the NFL’s Oakland Raiders

* Qwest Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks

* Sun Life Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins football team and Florida Marlins baseball team

* New Meadowlands Stadium, home of the New York Giants and New York Jets

* Bobby Dodd Stadium at Georgia Tech

* Husky Stadium at the University of Washington

* Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium at the University of Arkansas

* Sanford Stadium, home of the University of Georgia Bulldogs.

The ADC systems deployed at these and other stadiums deliver precision, high-capacity wireless services for major mobile operators. Typically, large crowds of fans generate extremely high amounts of traffic during sports and entertainment events.

For example, AT&T reported traffic 14 times greater than typical mobile activity during the 2008 Super Bowl. The mobile network infrastructure is not built to support these traffic bursts. ADC’s DAS solutions deliver the required capacity with minimal deployment time and expense, bringing these stadiums up to speed in time for the beginning of football season and the professional baseball playoffs. The cellular network capacity provided through the ADC DAS systems helps eliminate dropped calls, failed call attempts, slow browsing, and other issues that fans at large events typically experience.

“ADC systems deliver uniformly high capacity at each antenna point while enabling cost-effective capacity scaling through centrally located base stations,” said John Spindler, vice president of product management for ADC’s Network Solutions business unit.

“In addition, our active architecture uses 75 Ohm cabling and fiber optics to connect components, making it easy and economical to install. That, in addition to the high performance our solutions deliver, is why our products have been deployed in a large number of NFL, MLB and college stadiums.”

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