Four leading U.S. mobile operators will use ExteNet Systems' new distributed antenna system (DAS) in the massive Barclays Center sports and entertainment venue.
The Barclays Center spans 675,000-square feet and seats up to 19,000 people.
Using the DAS to extend their coverage at the Brooklyn, N.Y., site are AT&T (NYSE:T), MetroPCS (NYSE:PCS), Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) and Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ). Missing from the mix is T-Mobile USA, which is endeavoring to acquire MetroPCS, whose shareholders are slated to vote on T-Mobile's offer April 12.
The Barclays Center spans 675,000-square feet, seats up to 19,000 people and is home to the NBA's Brooklyn Nets. The venue is also slated to host more than 200 events in its inaugural year, including concerts, sports, family shows and special events.
"MetroPCS is proud to be the exclusive wireless telecommunication services founding partner with Barclays Center," said Michael Johnson, vice president and regional general manager of MetroPCS' New York region.
"Basketball fans and entertainment seekers at Barclays Center will benefit from the enhanced coverage made possible by this joint effort that we know will provide our customers with a top-notch mobile experience," said Chad Townes, vice president of AT&T's antenna solutions group.
"We recognize that Barclays Center is a highly prestigious venue, and it was imperative for us to provide our customers with seamless coverage and advanced capacity," commented Iyad Tarazi, Sprint's vice president of small cell forms.
Pat Devlin, president of Verizon Wireless' New York metro region, noted the DAS will extend the operator's LTE and 3G services into the Barclays Center. Verizon Wireless also recently made its own DAS deployment across the country at San Francisco's Westfield Mall on Market Street in order to improve coverage, according to Rapid TV News.
Primary markets addressed by Lisle, Ill.-based ExteNet include outdoor distributed networks for use by wireless carriers plus indoor verticals such as sports and entertainment venues, commercial real estate, healthcare, higher education, hospitality and government agencies. The company uses DAS, small cell and other technologies to enhance coverage and capacity.
- see this ExteNet release
- see this Rapid TV News article
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