Boingo Wireless snagged major DAS contracts from the University of Arizona and University of Nebraska, which are both seeking to improve connectivity for sports fans.
Boingo said it will design, build and manage the University of Arizona's first distributed antenna system (DAS), starting with the 56,000-seat Arizona Stadium in Tucson. The DAS, which will also serve Steward Observatory Mirror Laboratory and certain student residence halls, is slated to launch this fall during the UA Wildcat football season.
The company is also rolling out a DAS at the University of Nebraska's new Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln. Service in the 15,300-seat arena will be available once the venue opens in September. The arena is the new home of the Cornhuskers men's and women's basketball teams and is expected to host more than 120 major concerts, entertainment and community events annually.
"Boingo's success in operating neutral host DAS at SMG's Soldier Field made them an ideal fit with our vision for the modern, technologically advanced Pinnacle Bank Arena," said Tom Lorenz, general manager for the Pinnacle Bank Arena/SMG.
Boingo will operate both DAS networks on a neutral-host basis, inviting multiple carriers to lease access.
DAS networks are used by mobile operators to extend the voice and data coverage of their macro cellular networks into large venues, such as arenas and stadiums.
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