April 10, 2013
The Pepsi Center Arena, a multipurpose sports venue and concert hall situated in
, is deploying Zinwave's distributed antenna system (DAS) to enhance cellular coverage for 4G services using MIMO (multiple-input and Multiple-output) technology. This is in response to a growing demand for immediate access to high speed data services during major tournaments and events.
The DAS system has been designed and commissioned in conjunction with TriPower, a leading US systems integrator and wireless technology development company.
The overall site occupies a total area of more than 45 square acres. The five-storey building comprises: a basketball court, soccer pitch, hockey rink, three restaurants, TV recording studios, retail outlets as well as premier conference facilities. It can seat more than 19 000 fans during sporting events and 21 000 fans during concerts.
Zinwave's DAS technology was chosen as the preferred solution further to the issue of a public tender for in-building wireless coverage at the Arena. A fundamental requirement was the ability to support all existing commercial frequencies (CDMA, 2G, 3G) as well as LTE frequencies (700MHz, 850MHz, 1,900 MHz, 2,100 MHz), delivered over MIMO antenna systems.
Zinwave's DAS was selected because of its flexibility, open architecture, and its ability to support all the required frequencies on a single hardware layer. Zinwave system 3000 is the only true wideband active DAS available in the US. It supports all frequencies between 150MHz and 2700MHz, making it completely future-proof and offering rapid ROI.
Its straightforward design also meant that the remote units (used to optimise signal-outputs) could be easily installed throughout the arena and seamlessly integrated with existing fibre cabling infrastructures, which resulted in significant cost savings.
The DAS comprises 12 x primary hubs that are connected directly to the carrier base stations, 18 secondary hubs, for service distribution and management purposes, and over 140 remote units, discretely installed throughout the arena to optimise signal-outputs during peak network usage.