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Faster data speeds expected at Bank of America Stadium

Verizon smartphone users at Panthers game rejoice: Faster data speeds are expected.
Verizon smartphone users at Panthers game rejoice: Faster data speeds are expected. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Posting selfies and sending texts should come a bit easier to tens of thousands of Panthers fans attending home football games at Bank of America Stadium.

New equipment at the uptown Charlotte stadium will bring improved wireless capacity and faster data speeds during games, according to the Panthers and Verizon, one of the three carriers on the Panthers-owned system. The team said faster data speeds have been observed during this year’s preseason games for customers of Verizon as well as AT&T and Sprint.

During the offseason, Verizon said it installed special equipment on the stadium’s “distributed antenna system,” a network of cables that delivers service within the geographical area of a large building where steel and concrete interfere with wireless signals.

Last year, the Panthers said they were continuing to work with AT&T to “fine tune” service for smartphones as data demand escalated and fans voiced annoyance with slow speeds at the stadium.

In 2010, AT&T installed the distributed antenna system to provide wireless service for customers at the Panthers stadium. Later in 2012, AT&T redesigned the system, expanding its capacity, increased its data speeds and made it possible for other carriers like Sprint and Verizon to provide cell service throughout the system.

The Panthers play the Houston Texans at 1 p.m. Sunday in Charlotte.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta

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