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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

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Brittanie Boyd, Marketing Specialist
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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.

Better Kinnick Cell Service Expected for Football Season

Just in time for football season! Proud to be the integrator for the UI Carver and Kinnick distributed antenna system.

U.S. Cellular, Verizon and AT&T are paying to be part of a UI distributed antenna system

Full online article here: http://www.thegazette.com

IOWA CITY — For many football fans, it’s not enough to watch the action on the field. They want to take photos or video and text friends watching the game at home.

In past years, people watching games at Kinnick Stadium have had miserable wireless service because of too much cell traffic in the 70,000-seat stadium.

“Getting a transmission out of the stadium is sketchy,” said Derrick Richmann, 34, of Marion. “I’d say 50 percent of my messages are dropped.”

But starting Sept. 2 for Iowa’s season opener against Wyoming, Kinnick will have increased capacity for smartphone use because of a new distributed antenna system. U.S. Cellular, Verizon and AT&T have signed contracts and paid fees to be part of the system, so customers of those companies will see improved service at football games, said Steve Fleagle, UI associate vice president and chief information officer.

The UI now owns antenna systems at Kinnick, UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital and Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Service provider fees will pay for Connectivity Wireless Solutions to operate and maintain the networks, Fleagle said.

The Kinnick project involves more than 200 additional antennae, including many located on 25 new flagpoles around the top of football stadium, UI Athletics reported.

Texting, tweeting or web searching during breaks in the action at a college game is part of a “second screen” trend seen across most age demographics, but particularly with millennials.

Up to 87 percent of consumers surveyed by Accenture in 2015 said they were using TV and a second screen together. People watching a TV show may use their phones to look up actors or see what people are saying on social media about a particularly juicy episode.

At least 60 percent of at-home NFL viewers were looking at another device while watching professional football games, according to an NFL executive quoted in a 2014 GeekWire story.

“You can literally see the spikes in tweet traffic that are perfectly coordinated with interesting moments in the game,” Dick Costolo, then Twitter CEO, said in the story.

Richmann, the Marion Hawkeye fan, has missed only two UI home football games in 29 years. He likes to text with friends watching the games at home to tell them what he’s seeing in the stands, celebrate a great play or commiserate about a blunder. Other fans post selfies or pictures of the kids posing with Herky.

“We see that sort of behavior between classes,” Fleagle said about people pulling out their phones during short spurts of downtime. “People use their screens frequently.”

The UI has been trying to improve wireless service at athletic venues for several years, signing a contract with American Tower Corp in 2013 to develop networks at Kinnick and Carver. The UI terminated the deal in 2015, saying ATC failed to finish the project on time. The company sued the UI and the Board of Regents for breach of contract. That trial is scheduled for Jan. 22 in Polk County.