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MLB’s Nationals Park gets Wi-Fi boost

Nationals Park, home to the Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals, has deployed robust Wi-Fi capabilities at the ballpark via JMA Wireless.

The JMA Wireless TEKO DAS (distributed antenna system) and over 400 antennas, which were installed in time for the first home game in March, can now support the 41,000-plus fans present at sold out games and events.

The newly expanded 24-sector wireless system has several new capabilities including MIMO functionality, and greater LTE speeds.

The new DAS was deployed within 65 days during the off-season as a replacement for two older DAS networks that were reportedly not meeting the growing needs of the venue staff and patrons.

The MLB sponsor, T-Mobile, led the effort to ensure prior issues would be resolved using JMA Wireless’ TEKO architecture.

As this year’s host for the MLB All-Star Game, it is more critical than ever that Nationals Park provides powerful cellular coverage and capacity for a packed stadium.

“T-Mobile is rightfully obsessed about our customers’ experience on the nation’s fastest 4G LTE network,” said the company’s vice president of national development, Bob Vorlicek.

“JMA Wireless checked off all of the boxes for us with their turnkey DAS network offering – and deployed it in a very timely manner.”

Todd Landry, corporate vice president of product and market strategy at JMA Wireless, said: “Our TEKO DAS has been deployed at almost 90 stadiums and arenas around the world. JMA Wireless has become the “go-to” company for enabling powerful mobile communications in the sports and entertainment industry.

“With the better data throughput speeds that the TEKO DAS provides, the Nationals fans can now experience the best in wireless performance. If fans do not have to think about their cellular coverage, and their devices ‘just work then we have done our job.”

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