Axell Wireless, RFS Install DAS Ahead of Brazilian World Cup (6/5/14)
Thursday, June 05, 2014 | Comments

Axell Wireless and partner Radio Frequency Systems (RFS) supplied distributed antenna systems (DAS) for multiple stadiums in Brazil for the upcoming World Cup, in order to provide seamless mobile data coverage.

Working closely with RFS, Axell helped deliver the in-building coverage systems to the Maracanã stadium and the Mineirão stadium — two of the country’s largest stadia with a combined capacity of more than 141,000. The sophisticated in-building coverage solution ensures the thousands of spectators at the sporting events can share the experience via their mobile devices without any service degradation.

Large volumes of uplink traffic, as well as huge peaks and troughs, are created as spectators share pictures and videos on social networking sites during major events inside a stadium. Also, spectators inside a venue are static, meaning coverage has to be delivered across all seating areas at all times. Wireless coverage systems for stadiums are designed with multiple base station sectors to ensure sufficient capacity to support all the spectators. Handling the overlap with the external macro network also requires careful planning and implementation.

“Deploying one of the most sophisticated DAS networks in the world for the London 2012 Olympic Games prepared us well for these projects in Brazil,” said Matt Thompson, vice president of sales, Americas, Axell Wireless. “The stadium environment is unique in many ways when it comes to designing and installing a wireless coverage network, and the insight we gathered during London 2012 has meant we can supply a world-class communications system that will support the fans during upcoming major sporting events.”

The venues now feature optical DAS simultaneously supporting five different mobile operators and providing 2G, 3G and 4G coverage.

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