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Two Projects, ONE™ Platform: How Connectivity Wireless is leading the way for Converged Networks in 2017

NEWS RELEASE
September 1, 2017

CONTACT INFORMATION
Brittanie Boyd, Marketing Specialist
bboyd@connectivitywireless.com

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwired - September 1, 2017) - Wireless network integrator Connectivity Wireless Solutions is leading the way for convergence as it completes three of the largest in-building networks in the country – University of Iowa and San Diego Convention Center.

From Comic-Con to kick off, the converged network systems installed at these sites are designed to support mobile connectivity for some of the largest crowds in the nation for years to come.

“These are two diverse venues with vastly different needs,” said Clayt Mason, CEO of Connectivity Wireless. “We are passionate about helping customers identify and implement the best solution to meet their immediate and future technology needs, and for these projects, the Corning ONE™ platform was the ideal fit.”

The fiber-based infrastructure supports the layering of additional technologies and allows customers the flexibility to take an incremental, phased approach toward converging multiple systems onto one network, as was the case with the University of Iowa and San Diego Convention Center projects.

This has become an increasingly “popular intermediary strategy for enterprises who seek to improve their wireless cellular network today, but recognize the industry shift toward convergence and want to prepare for 5G and the IoT future,” said Steven Morris, Director of Engineering for Connectivity.

Morris explained that the main drivers for a convergence system in dynamic, customer-centric venues such as these, are the flexibility that a fiber-rich infrastructure offers to venue managers and its future-readiness. “Today’s fiber-to-the-edge systems are the foundation for tomorrow’s connected world,” he said.

A Look at the Projects:

The University of Iowa system leverages 16.5 miles of fiber, 264 antennas and 528 remotes to provide robust mobile connectivity to students, faculty and visitors across the UI campus. As Iowa City expands to become the second largest city in Iowa on game days, the system was designed to support the influx of visitors and fans.

Part of a 10-year in-building wireless plan, the first phase of the installation utilized a distributed antenna system (DAS) to provide cellular coverage to UI Hospitals and Clinics, followed by this week’s completion of phase II, which extends 1.2 million-square-feet of fiber-enabled coverage and capacity to up to 85,985 mobile users throughout Kinnick stadium and Carver-Hawkeye arena.

Subsequent phases will extend coverage throughout the rest of the campus with the potential to add Wi-Fi and PON applications to the existing infrastructure.

Likewise, the ONE™ system installed at the San Diego Convention Center is designed to support multiple wireless technologies and currently utilized for DAS to boost cellular coverage and data capacity for visitors.

The SDCC system was completed in July, in time to support more than 130,000 Comic-Con-International attendees. Leveraging 26 miles of fiber, 304 antennas and 586 remotes, the Smart City-operated system boasts the first WCS DAS deployment in the area.

The fiber-to-the-edge solution allows for custom sectorization, as well as a design optimized to deliver robust, reliable download and upload speeds and coverage for AT&T and T-Mobile users throughout the venue; additional carriers are expected to join by year end.

“We’ve seen phenomenal mobile connectivity and data speeds at all three sites, and we’re proud to have played our part in helping our customers provide the best possible experience for their visitors by providing them with the best possible technology solutions” said Mason.

This customer-focus is what drives Connectivity’s success in the industry, suggests Keith Martin, Vice President of Channel Management for Corning: “Connectivity Wireless is a forward-looking partner that understands the needs of its customers like no other in the market. Ensuring its customers’ future readiness for the bandwidth and application demands is where the company truly shines,” he said. “This is precisely why Corning and Connectivity partner so well; delivering Corning ONE™ Solutions at a myriad of venues takes consistent collaboration and a focus on the same business values and principles.”

Connectivity was recently named Corning’s “Integrator of the Year” for the second year running and is the first and only integrator to achieve NPI (Network of Preferred Installers) status, granting a 25-year warranty on all Corning fiber solutions installed.

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ABOUT CONNECTIVITY WIRELESS SOLUTIONS

Connectivity Wireless Solutions is an industry-leading wireless systems integrator. With more than 400 years of combined industry experience and one of the first companies to break into the DAS industry, Connectivity has provided thousands of unique in-building wireless solutions to deliver reliable cellphone, data and multimedia connectivity to venues throughout the nation.

Sports and Entertainment Alliance in Technology

SEAT 2017

When: July 16-18

Where: Atlanta, Marriott Marquis

Want your chance to win a virtual reality headset? Stop by booth # 701 at the SEAT Conference in Atlanta! Speak to one of our representatives to learn about the latest technologies for sports and entertainment venues or contact us prior to the conference to arrange an onsite meeting with our team: sales@connectivitywireless.com

Join us for Challenges: Mobility and Meeting the Demand, a VIP Round Table Luncheon on Monday, July 17 to hear from the parties building in-building networks at your venues! Email bboyd@connectivitywireless.com to inquire about registration – limited seating available.

ACUTA Annual Conference San Diego 2016

April 24-27

Manchester Grand Hyatt

San Diego, CA

Booth #123/222

 

Is your campus ready for #NextGenWireless?

Stop by booth #123/222 to speak with a representative and check out a live demo of the latest in converged networks technology [PON, WiFi and DAS]

Learn about future technologies for DAS at DAS Boot Camp and check out the latest DAS and wireless trends for higher education at the first Super Session!

DAS Boot Camp:   Sunday, April 24th 1-4                              Register here
Super Session:    
 Wednesday, April 27th 1:15-2:15            Register here

Interested in what converged networks can do for your university? Check out our UnityTM solution: Connectivity Wireless Unity

A Web of Wireless Challenges

View our latest article in the April issue of High Rise Facilities magazine, A Web of Wireless Challenges, to learn about the special challenges high-rise building owners face when it comes to in-building wireless as well as the future of DAS and converged networks.

Written by Connectivity’s President and CEO, Greg Jacobs.