JMA Wireless and ExteNet deployed what they claim is the world’s first in-venue midband 5G network at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.
The two firms said that the network enabled unprecedented download speeds of more than 600 megabits per second in the 23,300-seat stadium, while it was full of fans.
JMA’s TEKO DAS, which was deployed in the stadium in 2018 by ExteNet as the neutral-host provider, required no additional cost, labor, or modifications to support the newly upgraded, multi-carrier 5G network. JMA said.
The company also noted that the network allowed tens of thousands of fans to enjoy high-speed 5G connectivity simultaneously, a challenging task in large venues like the Hall of Fame Stadium.
“This historic first is a powerful demonstration of what’s possible for thousands of venues across the country where JMA’s TEKO DAS is deployed. With its high performance and unique band capability, TEKO DAS is 5G-ready and future-proof, making it easy for venues to upgrade to 5G, with no additional investment or new equipment,” said Todd Landry, corporate vice president of product and market strategy at JMA Wireless. “We are proud to have worked alongside ExteNet to bring this high-speed performance to fans in Canton, Ohio, and we look forward to the opportunities in front of us with venues nationwide.”
“Getting the network ready for the 2021 season inaugural game was our priority and we are extremely pleased with the 5G performance on game day at the stadium,” said Kevin Gallagher, SVP of product and marketing for ExteNet. “Together with JMA Wireless, our best-in-class wireless infrastructure and network operations enabled a superior fan experience, as evident from the throughput data for a major carrier.”