Fiserv Forum, the home of the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks basketball team, was looking to guarantee the best mobile communications in order to ensure powerful wireless connectivity across the 730,000-square-foot venue.
To achieve this, the solution designer and network operator ExteNet Systems evaluated several technologies and finally selected JMA Wireless for the wireless deployment at the Fiserv Forum.
Since Fiserv Forum is an entertainment hub for Wisconsin, the fans/mobile phone users who pass through its doors include subscribers to a variety of wireless carriers, using various frequency bands and technologies. It was critical that the wireless system transparently and seamlessly support all cellular operators and bands.
Furthermore, dedicated wireless coverage is necessary for public safety. In the unlikely event of an emergency, it is critical that not only first responders, but also fans and employees have reliable access to mobile communications.
The JMA Wireless and ExteNet teams worked together to ensure the network was operational for the venue’s August 2018 opening. Multiple solutions from JMA Wireless were deployed to ensure powerful mobile communications throughout the forum.
The multi-band, multi-carrier TEKO DAS (distributed antenna system) from JMA Wireless was deployed to provide wireless coverage and capacity for five cellular carriers. The system supports the following LTE bands: 700 MHz, 850 MHz, 1900 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz and 2500 MHz. With this deployment, Fiserv Forum is also ready for future 5G projects.
The cellular connectivity across the arena is enabled by eight high-power remote units (RUs) and 76 software-defined remote units (SDRUs). Only a single fiber was used per RU to connect it with the system’s master unit (MU), which reduces installation costs by up to 75% as compared to competitive offerings. As 5G becomes mainstream, the SDRUs can be upgraded easily via software — no downtime, bucket trucks, additional cabling or onsite personnel are necessary.
In addition, 215 antennas were installed at Fiserv Forum. The antennas include a combination of 119 omni-directional and 96 panels.
Also, the FUZE platform from JMA Wireless was deployed to support the forum’s heterogeneous network. It includes an integrated IDF mounting and cabling kit for DAS and Wi-Fi delivery.
ExteNet Systems designs, builds, owns and operates communications infrastructure solutions, for use by its customers across the United States. Customers include the service providers and wireless carriers, cities and communities, property owners, and enterprises. Network solutions include fiber infrastructure, distributed antenna systems (DAS), remote radio heads (RRH), small cells, Wi-Fi and LTE Evolved Packet Core (EPC).
JMA Wireless designs and builds next generation in-building and outdoor mobile wireless systems, delivering technologies that enable LTE, 5G, and CBRS services on mobile operator networks worldwide.