Even an overgrown mouse working as a sorcerer's apprentice can be challenged to deliver better wireless service at an expansive theme park. So AT&T has worked its magic to improve communications across several Disney properties in the United States.
A common digital interface between Alcatel-Lucent's mobile broadband network equipment and TE Connectivity's distributed antenna systems (DAS) is aimed at lowering costs for operators that need to add bandwidth in high-traffic locations such as sports stadiums and hotel complexes.
The public now has a chance to comment on an FCC plan to loosen a number of siting restrictions, which, among other things, could promote the construction and rollout of small cells and distributed antenna systems.
Stadiums, indoor sports arenas and other large multi-use entertainment venues continue to be attractive locations for rollouts of distributed antenna systems (DAS). The massive Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., is representative of that trend as it will soon have a new DAS built by Mobilitie.
The FCC said it will consider loosening restrictions on the construction and rollout of small cells and Distributed Antenna Systems, an effort by the commission to help carriers flesh out their wireless capacity and coverage. The issue is key for wireless carriers turning to small cell and DAS technologies to fill in the gaps in their networks that macrocells are unable to reach.
Private investment in U.S. wireless broadband infrastructure promises to catalyze economic growth and employment over the next five years, according to a new report released by trade association PCIA. However, the association warned that fulfillment of that promise requires foresight from the FCC and local zoning authorities.
AT&T's distributed antenna system (DAS) strategy recently paid off with an expansive rollout at a high-profile stadium, while the carrier's other investments in IP broadband services have further extended its LTE reach and made it more competitive overall in wireless.
Mobile operators are not going to suddenly stop investing in their networks once they've fully deployed LTE, said Jay Brown, CFO of tower company Crown Castle International.
ExteNet Systems said Sprint and Verizon Wireless will extend their coverage via a distributed antenna system (DAS) the company is deploying at the Empire State Building in Manhattan.
AT&T, Verizon Wireless and a growing group of third-party players have brought distributed antenna systems (DAS) onto the center stage with systems being deployed at major sports venues such as Cowboys Stadium to increase wireless coverage and capacity.