With the 2013 baseball season behind us, many Major League Baseball stadiums are taking time to reflect and review on improvements for the 2014 season.
The 2013 World Series saw a tough match up between the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox. For Busch Stadium, home to the St. Louis Cardinals, the World Series was the climax of the year and truly tested their newly installed DAS.
According to the St. Louis Business Journal, the reviews were mixed as to how well Busch Stadium’s DAS held up with the massive crowds. Some say the service was “spotty”, while AT&T and Verizon claim the “spotty” service is untrue.
According to AT&T spokesperson Katie Nagus, “…Data usage on its in-stadium network during Game 4 was more than 196 gigabytes. Nagus said 196 gigabytes is equal to more than 560,000 social media posts with photos or more than 6,560 hours of streaming music.” AT&T goes on to claim that during Game 5, only 1.5 percent of all messages failed on the first attempt of being sent.
Verizon nor AT&T would comment on the exact number of complaints received, but Verizon did say that some complaints may be regarding the temporary cell tower outside the stadium which is separate from the in-stadium DAS network.
What does this all mean? It means distributed antenna systems require upkeep and maintenance to ensure the systems meet the ever growing demand of cell phone users. Oftentimes, new DAS installations are required to keep up with the times.
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