Petco Park Opens Season With New Wireless

Posted by at 12:42 pm on April 6, 2011

San Diego’s Petco Park has upped its wireless game, calling on CommScope to supply a complete in-stadium distributed antenna system (DAS) that will provide reliable wireless services for visiting baseball fans.

“Sporting events bring together tens of thousands of people, many of whom want to check scores via mobile web, send text messages, share photos, or call loved ones back home using their mobile devices,” said Matt Melester, senior vice president and general manager, Wireless Innovations, CommScope. “That many people using increasingly bandwidth-hungry services can overwhelm cellular networks unless there are dedicated solutions like ours in place.”

Provider Aims for Better Coverage and Speed

Petco Park is just one of the many stadium, airport, mall, and subway system projects for which CommScope, a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communication networks, has deployed its ION-B DAS solution. The ION-B Series, part of the Andrew Solutions RF Applications portfolio, is a radio-over-fiber DAS that meets the distribution needs of the simplest to the most complex indoor applications. With ION, baseball fans visiting Petco Park can count on reliable wireless coverage and fast connection speeds wherever they are in the stadium.

“Though most baseball stadiums are open air with wireless coverage possible from outside the stadium, the amount of users and the advanced services they are accessing are just too much anymore without a DAS,” said Melester.

CommScope designed, supplied, installed, and commissioned its ION-B solution for Petco Park. The ION-B is capable of transporting frequencies from 800 to 2700 MHz, from traditional cellular to Wi-Fi signals, regardless of protocol or modulation. It includes a centralized and flexible radio network interface and uses the same single mode fiber transport for all frequencies and technologies simultaneously.

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