CHICAGO--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--SMG, the world leader in venue management, today announced the launch of a new neutral-host Distributed Antenna System (DAS) at Chicago’s Soldier Field, home of Chicago’s professional football team, concerts, international soccer games and hundreds of other events annually. The state-of-the-art DAS network will increase wireless capacity for all fans in the 63,000-seat stadium, enhancing their game day experience.
“Built in collaboration with SMG and AT&T, the new DAS network provides additional capacity that will enable SMG to provide new location-based services and connected experiences to fans, and ensure the best possible mobile game day for spectators.”
The upgraded Soldier Field network – installed, managed and operated by Boingo and AT&T in partnership with SMG – will deliver comprehensive wireless coverage to fans, ensuring they are able to stay connected via their mobile devices during the height of a game or concert.
A DAS installation consists of multiple strategically-placed antennas that distribute wireless network coverage throughout Soldier Field, providing for more efficient management of wireless capacity in heavily-trafficked areas. AT&T and Boingo’s sophisticated neutral DAS installation is configured to deliver ubiquitous coverage and consistent performance throughout the stadium complex and will allow multiple wireless carriers to maximize the game experience for their customers.
“With the addition of the neutral-host DAS network, we believe Soldier Field now offers one of the most advanced stadium networks in the nation, making it a benchmark for wireless services at stadiums across the country,” said Luca Serra, director of sponsorships and media for SMG at Soldier Field. “With the new DAS installation, SMG is ensuring that fans are able to share their favorite game moments with friends and family.”
The enhanced DAS network at Soldier Field is now available to fans. Boingo, SMG, AT&T and other carrier partners will continue to collaborate on upgrades to ensure optimal network performance. Additionally, Boingo operates the Wi-Fi network at the stadium, which was among the first in an NFL stadium when it was launched in 2010.
“Boingo brings more than a decade of experience in designing, building and managing combined DAS and Wi-Fi networks to Soldier Field. We’re proud to expand our relationship with SMG, and to help the SMG team realize their vision of providing a superior connectivity experience to each and every fan in the stands,” said Doug Lodder, vice president of DAS business development for Boingo Wireless. “Built in collaboration with SMG and AT&T, the new DAS network provides additional capacity that will enable SMG to provide new location-based services and connected experiences to fans, and ensure the best possible mobile game day for spectators.”
AT&T’s participation in the Soldier Field DAS network is part of the company’s Project Velocity IP (VIP), a three-year investment plan to expand and enhance its IP broadband networks. Through this investment, AT&T is supporting its customers’ growing desire for high-speed Internet access and new mobile, app and cloud-based services. As part of Project VIP, AT&T plans to add more than 1,000 DAS nationwide by year-end 2015, as well as more than 10,000 macro cell sites, and deploy more than 40,000 small cells, to increase the density of its wireless network.
“When our customers are at the stadium for a game or concert, we want them to have an effortless network experience whether they are making a call, checking email, downloading apps or surfing the Internet,” said Paul La Schiazza, AT&T Illinois President. “In a wireless world with an Internet economy, we’re continuing to invest in our wireless network. Enhancing our wireless coverage at Soldier Field is just one more way that we’re investing in Chicago.”
Boingo Wireless has multi-year agreements to design and manage neutral host, multi-carrier DAS networks at high-traffic consumer venues nationwide, including stadiums like SMG’s Pinnacle Bank Arena and the University of Arizona’s Arizona Stadium, as well as airports including Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway, and New York’s John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark International.
In addition to being a leading DAS provider in the U.S., Boingo is the world’s leading provider of Wi-Fi in airports, with service in more than 65 airports worldwide. The company also operates Wi-Fi networks for seven of the top mall operators in the U.S., and manages networks for many other sporting arenas, convention centers, and quick service restaurants nationwide, as well as the New York subway system.
Soldier Field stadium is owned by the Chicago Park District and managed by SMG.
Across Chicago and Illinois, AT&T’s 2013 investments have resulted in expansion and enhancement of our 4G LTE network, which provides ultra-fast speeds. AT&T 4G LTE is now available in Chicago as well as Carbondale-Marion, Champaign-Urbana, Quad Cities, IL/IA, Rockford and Sterling. Nationwide, more than 225 million Americans have access to AT&T 4G LTE service. By year-end 2013, AT&T expects to cover nearly 270 million people and 400 markets with its 4G LTE network.
About Soldier Field
Soldier Field, Chicago’s premier event venue, hosts over 200 public and private events annually. The stadium is owned by the Chicago Park District and managed by SMG, the world leader in venue management, marketing and development. Soldier Field became the first NFL stadium to receive LEED-EB certification by the U.S. Green Building Council in December 2011. The Chicago Park District and SMG are proud of this additional step in its daily efforts to reduce its carbon footprint. Visit www.SoldierField.net or call to learn more about its greening initiatives.
Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 220 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theatres, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 14 million square feet (1.4 million square meters) of exhibition space and more than 1.75 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as the McCormick Place and Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston's Reliant Park and the Louisiana Superdome. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering company SAVOR, currently serving more than 100 accounts worldwide. For more information visit www.smgworld.com.
About Boingo Wireless
Boingo Wireless, Inc. (NASDAQ: WIFI) helps the world stay connected. Our vast footprint of small cell networks covers more than a million DAS and Wi-Fi locations and reaches more than 1 billion consumers annually – in places as varied as airports, stadiums, shopping malls, restaurants, universities, and military bases. The Boingo platform is the only monetization engine of its kind, driving revenue through carrier offload, advertising, location-based data analytics, and consumer products like IPTV, high-speed broadband, and Wi-Fi. For more information about the Boingo story, visit www.boingo.com.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and internationally. AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile Internet, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T │DIRECTV brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world.
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