Corning MobileAccess, part of Corning Incorporated’s (NYSE:GLW) Telecommunications segment, today announced its Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) have been installed at several prominent locations throughout New Orleans -- the host city of Super Bowl XLVII -- providing always-on wireless coverage and fast, reliable data service. The systems will enable mobile users at several major locations in the city to easily communicate, post status updates, check scores and statistics, and share photos.
This is the sixth time the Corning MobileAccess DAS has been deployed in the Super Bowl host city, and the second year in a row. Last year, the DAS was installed in Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium in advance of Super Bowl XLVI. Previous installations took place at Reliant Park, Houston, for Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004; ALLTEL Stadium, Jacksonville, Fla., for Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005; Ford Field, Detroit, for Super Bowl XL in 2006; and University of Phoenix Stadium, for Super Bowl XLII in 2008.
In anticipation of Super Bowl XLVII, the DAS was deployed at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, where representatives expect more than 75,000 visitors during Super Bowl weekend. The convention center will host several Super Bowl-related events, including the NFL Experience Driven by GMC, an interactive theme park, which will offer great opportunities for fans to upload pictures, download videos, send texts and more, making reliable, fast cellular communications a necessity. Gulf Coast Real Estate Consultants, which provides telecommunications services to many organizations, will manage the deployment at the convention center.
The DAS has also been installed at six major New Orleans hotels. The total area covered includes nearly 450,000 square feet of meeting space and more than 5,500 guest rooms across all of the locations, including hotels that will host players from the two competing teams.
“The Corning MobileAccess DAS is powerful enough to help us support and enhance wireless services for our visitors, not only during the Super Bowl but at several other large events we will be hosting this year,” said Paul O’Connell, director of technology services, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. “In fact, the National Football League hired a third party to survey the cellular network in and around our location and determined the DAS can handle the massive amount of wireless traffic expected, eliminating the need for carriers to deploy temporary cellular solutions. The flexibility of the system will also allow us to easily expand the DAS to support our preparations to add a new hall to our ever-growing facility.”
“We’re thrilled to be providing Super Bowl fans and New Orleans visitors with a great wireless experience,” said Bill Cune, vice president of Strategy and Business Development, Corning Optical Communications. “Combined with our fiber connectivity solutions, the Corning MobileAccess DAS offers facilities the best possible infrastructure for high-traffic events.”
For additional information on Corning MobileAccess DAS solutions visit http://www.corning.com/mobileaccess.
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