Bank of America Stadium—home to the NFL’s Carolina Panthers—named CommScope an Official Network Solutions Sponsor.
“The entire Panthers organization is committed to excellence, whether it’s in scoring touchdowns or making sure fans absolutely love coming to see this team play,” said James Hammond, director of information technology for the Carolina Panthers, in a statement. “With the help of CommScope, the Panthers are utilizing next-generation network technology to deliver an exceptional experience for visitors.”
CommScope will supply equipment and provide onsite technical engineering support to modernize the wireless and wired communications for the stadium’s visitors.
The Panthers hired Beam Wireless Inc., a DAS and small-cell consultant, to provide technical services and equipment selection guidance. The Panthers and Beam Wireless selected CommScope’s ION-U DAS to enable fans to upload photos and videos, text, and make calls, and enjoy other mobile applications during events. The Panthers installed the DAS in less than 90 days from start to finish, and three wireless operators are now on-air throughout the stadium.
CommScope is also supplying high-performance copper and fiber network infrastructure to help the Panthers deliver an integrated, engaging experience to fans, while supporting stadium operations. CommScope is supplying an Optical LAN (Local Area Network) Solution for a passive optical network in the stadium suites and high performance structured cable/connectivity elsewhere. This integrated infrastructure enables, according to a press release, applications such as high-bandwidth data, voice, VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) and Wi-Fi services; high-definition TV and hospitality services for the suites; and broadband video.
“The Panthers’ took a leading role in designing and driving these major network upgrades at Bank of America Stadium, highlighting a trend we are seeing at stadiums throughout the U.S. and Europe,” said Ben Cardwell, senior vice president for CommScope Mobility Solutions, in a statement. “Ensuring a premiere fan experience, speeding the deployment process and making upgrades and optimization easier are some of the benefits of venues taking greater control of their networks.”
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