Cellphone Infrastructure Company TPI Shows Off Distributed Antenna System at Super Bowl LXV 2011
Dallas, Feb 8 – The massive Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas rocks with the sound of 103,000-plus people celebrating Super Bowl LXV. Many of those fans use their IPhones and Blackberry’s to call, send text messages, or share video of the scene via social media. All that voice and data traffic soars through the air like a touchdown pass courtesy of Telecommunication Properties Inc.’s robust distributed antenna system (DAS) at the Super Bowl XLV.
When it comes to providing the wireless infrastructure for sports stadiums like the Super Bowl LXV, “it’s all about capacity capability of the distributed antenna system carrying the signals for AT&T, Verizon, T Mobile, Sprint and Metro PCS ,” TPI Chief Technology Officer Jeff Alexander tells reporters. “It’s all about combining all those cellphone companies into one unified communications network so they all work together to provide the staff, the people who are working there, and the fans the ultimate experience.”
TPI President Jimmy Chiles founded the company in 1985, opening his offices in the then-new Bank of America skyscraper in downtown Dallas. TPI quickly became an industry leader in providing cellphone DAS services, along with work on the antenna sites and other aspects of the wireless telecommunications industry. But the company also became expert in designing, installing and operating DAS for sports venues such as NFL stadiums and several NBA and NHL Arena’s and NCAA facilities.
TPI gets involved from the drawing board-stage when a new sports arena is planned, but can also help retrofit existing facilities that are undergoing either technological or architectural renovation.
“We find that sports venues are ideally the most attractive place because l don’t know of any other public place or venue where the total amount of people are in just a few acres,” Chiles told reporters. “Our expertise is that we know how to engineer the product but more importantly, we know how to monetize the transactions – what this transaction looks like for the venue owner as well as the carrier and what’s the fair compensation. Helping all the players in a wireless infrastructure system know how much to charge for use of their part of the transmission system is key in bringing value to the overall process,” Chiles added.
“We have learned an enormous amount from this year’s Super Bowl LXV, like no other,” Alexander said. “When you walk in the door and you look around, and you see the magnitude of this Super Bowl, it’s just amazing. We’re told that this event will set a new record forAT&T, Verizon, Sprint andT Mobile, the wireless providers at the Super Bowl, on the amount of data traffic that they carry and the amount of cell phone calls that they take during the event.
“We have become a wireless world, and TPI is one of the companies that has helped bring us to this stage of always-on connectivity – whether you’re at home or at your seat on the 50-yard-line at Cowboys Stadium,” San Miguel said. “I have a new respect for what it takes to bring together key players in the telecommunications industry together at a major sporting event, and have it all work seamlessly so that a broadcaster can talk to a producer in New York, a concession manager can communicate with his/her suppliers and a fan can post a picture from the game on Facebook.”
Senior Producer Steven Swaim added, “Something we take for granted is our ability to communicate using our wireless devices at any time and any place. Having the opportunity to work with TPI on this story gave me a new appreciation for all those that make it possible for us to communicate so effortlessly.”
More information about Telecommunication Properties Inc. is available at www.tpidas.com.
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