Antenna manufacturer MatSing has been selected by the Dallas Cowboys and its network provider AT&T, along with ExteNet Systems, to provide mobile capacity antenna coverage for AT&T Stadium for the upcoming NFL season.
This deployment follows a test run with reduced crowds during last season, MatSing said in a release.
The new project stipulates the installation of 20 MatSing lens antenna by ExteNet, covering the venue’s entire seating bowl and field with 4G and 5G broadband mobile coverage.
“With data demands of cell phones continuing to grow exponentially, driven by new apps and technology, our legacy DAS infrastructure could not keep up with those demands,” said Cowboys CIO Matthew Messick. “AT&T introduced us to MatSing’s antenna technology, and immediately knew their technology would give us the necessary capabilities with room to grow.”
“Operating the largest indoor DAS network in the United States at AT&T Stadium provides us a unique opportunity to enable the best possible fan experience at one of the NFL’s most iconic venues,” said Rich Coyle, president and interim CEO at ExteNet Systems.
MatSing’s spherical lens antennas are based on a patented technology that allows a single antenna to provide up to 48 high-capacity coverage sectors, replacing up to 48 traditional antennas with a single lens, according to the company. The MatSing lens antennas are installed in the roofing structure, which typically have a clear line-of-sight path to potential users. This significantly reduces the number of antenna locations, as lens antennas can also reach farther than traditional antennas, the company said.
“Even when the stadium is at full capacity, lens antennas will provide a smoother data experience with fewer interruptions for fans who have embraced streaming and sharing as an intrinsic part of their stadium experience,” Michael Matytsine, MatSing co-founder and EVP of Operations, said.
AT&T, ExteNet and MatSing will continue to work with the Cowboys to maintain and test the lens equipment ahead of the season.