Super Bowl City Hosts Live Public-Safety LTE Demo Network
Friday, February 05, 2016 | Comments

A 700 MHz band 14 supplier deployed a live public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) network for Super Bowl City, an area in San Francisco hosting exhibits, concerts and public entertainment.

Parallel Wireless received a special temporary authority (STA) from the FCC and the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) to deploy the network, which connects to the evolved packet core (EPC) in Harris County, Texas. First responders in the area will use the network, and the supplier is working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Bay Area Regional Interoperable Communications (BayRICS) authority and the city of San Francisco.

Super Bowl City is an area from Washington Street to Market Street and from Drumm Street to the Embarcadero in San Francisco. The network was deployed with three weeks of advance planning, said Rajesh Mishra, founder and chief technology officer (CTO) of Parallel Wireless.

The band 14 network uses Parallel’s Converged Wireless System (CWS) base station and HetNet Gateway (HNG) using Ethernet backhaul from the city of San Francisco. HNG is a public-safety-grade Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP)-compliant radio access network (RAN) orchestrator that helps nodes self configure and self optimize, Mishra said.

“This is a real-life use case for public safety LTE,” he said. “In addition to demonstrating an easy-to-deploy band 14 network, this deployment also demonstrates the essential capability of interoperability.”

The network is unique in that it connects to an EPC in another state. About 20 Sonim Technologies devices will be used on the network, along with LMR-to-LTE gateway technology from Mutualink and the ESChat push-to-talk (PTT) app from SLA. The network includes one base station, and a second could be added.

“We are able to showcase good voice and coverage across the perimeter of Super Bowl City,” Mishra said.

The Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers will play in Super Bowl 50 Feb. 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

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