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Carolina Panthers team with Hickory company to improve BofA Stadium wireless system

CommScope is supplying equipment and providing onsite technical engineering support to modernize the wireless and wired communications at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.
CommScope is supplying equipment and providing onsite technical engineering support to modernize the wireless and wired communications at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. Courtesy of CommScope

To ensure fans are well connected, the Carolina Panthers have teamed with Hickory-based CommScope Inc., which is providing the equipment and the on-site technical support to maintain the wireless communications system at Bank of America Stadium.

The Panthers have named the local infrastructure vendor their “official network solutions provider,” according to a statement.

CommScope installed its distributed antenna system (DAS) throughout the stadium for the 2015 season to ensure fans can upload photos and videos, text, make calls and use other mobile apps despite the high concentration of users during a game. Verizon, AT&T and Sprint are the wireless operators now on-air in the stadium.

With its DAS installed in 2015, Bank of America Stadium was among the top NFL stadiums for wireless network performance, especially data reliability, CommScope said.

Throughout the stadium, CommScope is also providing high-performance copper and fiber network infrastructure via its optical local area network (LAN), which enables activities like high-bandwidth data, voice, high-definition TV and WiFi services.

“The Panthers took a leading role in designing and driving these major network upgrades at Bank of America Stadium, highlighting a trend we are seeing at stadiums throughout the U.S. and Europe,” said Ben Cardwell, senior vice president, CommScope Mobility Solutions.

In 2014, the Panthers said they were continuing to “fine tune” service for smartphones as data demand escalated and fans voiced annoyance with slow speeds at the stadium.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta

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