Telecommunications infrastructure company Mobilitie marked the start of its partnership with Banc of California Stadium by introducing its neutral-host distributed antenna system (DAS) during Los Angeles Football Club’s opening match at the ground on Sunday.

The Major League Soccer team christened the stadium with a 1-0 win over Seattle Sounders, and Mobilitie partnered with LAFC to install a wireless network at the 22,000-seat venue.

The network was installed on the back of a multi-year partnership signed between Mobilitie and Banc of California Stadium dating back to when before the stadium was built. The network took three months to install ahead of the opening-day deadline and is expected to be completely integrated and optimised with all four major wireless carriers within the next 60 days.

“From the start, our goal with Banc of California Stadium was to provide the best and most unique experience in sports for our fans and supporters,” LAFC executive vice-president and chief business officer Larry Freedman said. “This is a world-class venue that incorporates innovative technologies to deliver a fast wireless network. Mobilitie has a strong track record of designing and installing wireless networks for professional sports stadiums and arenas, which made them the clear choice for our mobile network needs.”

The 25-zone DAS network includes 160 antennas and more than seven miles of cabling, enabling nearly 1.5 million square feet of wireless coverage throughout Banc of California Stadium’s seating areas, suites, concourses and parking lots. The system also features a unique network layout for field-level coverage, which provides increased upload and download speeds in a move designed to enhance the fan experience on match days.

Mobilitie president and chief executive Christos Karmis added: “We take pride in working closely with our clients to design and construct networks that meet their specific communications needs today, as well as lay a foundation for 5G and other technologies that will soon be available. Every venue is different from a design approach and data consumption can vary greatly when you consider social media habits, video streaming, mobile applications, and corporate device access.

“Mobilitie is the top provider of communication networks at stadiums around the country, and working with new stadium construction and major renovation projects. Our priority is delivering systems that ‘wow’ fans and our clients, and we are thrilled to connect LAFC and its fans using one of the most robust wireless networks at any sports venue in country.”

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