Crypto.com Arena to go 5G with Mobilitie

Los Angeles’ Crypto.com Arena is set to introduce “ground-breaking 5G technology” as part of a deal between telecommunications infrastructure company Mobilitie and venue owner AEG.

The two companies have partnered together to bring next-generation wireless technology and state-of-the-art connectivity to the arena and its adjacent four million square foot sports and entertainment district, L.A. LIVE. The wireless network is already being deployed and will be integrated with all the major wireless carriers.

The two parties said Mobilitie’s 5G deployment throughout Crypto.com Arena and L.A. LIVE will not only meet future wireless demands, but allow for expanded digital initiatives, improved venue operations and enhanced fan communications. They added that the updated network will equip Crypto.com Arena and the entire L.A. LIVE campus with one of the most technologically advanced multi-carrier wireless networks in the US.

Formerly known as Staples Center, the venue was renamed Crypto.com Arena in November through a new 20-year naming rights deal. The long-term agreement between AEG and the Singapore-based cryptocurrency platform was reportedly worth $700m (£513.7m/€616m).

Nick Baker, chief operating officer of AEG Global Partnerships, said: “Through our long-standing partnership with Mobilitie, we’re providing sports and live-entertainment fans who visit us from around the world with an unrivalled wireless experience at two of the most iconic downtown Los Angeles venues.

“This next step in our relationship underscores AEG’s enduring commitment to deliver an unmatched fan experience through cutting-edge technology that also takes our venue operations and efficiencies to the next level.”

Mobilitie has a strong presence in the sports venue marketplace. In November, Mobilitie expanded its relationship with Dignity Health Sports Park, home of Major League Soccer team LA Galaxy, by launching a private LTE network using the latest 3.5GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS).

ASM Global in May signed a new multi-year agreement with Mobilitie, through which it will deploy 5G connectivity solutions across its international venue portfolio.

“We have built a strong relationship with AEG in recent years, and we’re excited to officially begin our expanded partnership at locations and venues as iconic as L.A. LIVE and Crypto.com Arena,” said Christos Karmis, president and CEO of Mobilitie.

“Mobilitie is pioneering the delivery of 5G connectivity for our clients, and we’re honoured to play a key role in creating a dynamic mobile experience for all fans and guests here. We have the most experienced and capable team in the industry that will ensure AEG, sports fans, visitors and guests all have a 5G experience that exceeds expectations that is enabled by our neutral host network.”