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DAS Goes Political at RNC, DNC Gatherings

The current maelstrom of political activity, with the Republican and Democratic national conventions running back to back, highlights the critical role DAS now plays in every get together our nation holds, whether there is a donkey or an elephant on your pin.

With the just concluded RNC entertaining 50,000 attendees in Tampa, Fla., and this week’s DNC expected to garner 35,000 visitors to Charlotte, N.C., a whole slew of data is being pumped over DAS systems by enthusiastic politicos.

Attendees at this week’s DNC events held at the Time Warner Cable Arena will be able to stay connected thanks to a DAS installed by Mobilitie. Using equipment by TE Connectivity, the DAS includes the installation of 524 antennas that will improve wireless coverage, capacity and data speeds during peak event times.

Mobilitie’s role as a neutral host DAS operator required planning and coordination with Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile to incorporate their technical requirements and frequencies into the design of the DAS, which will serve 2012 DNC event and will continue to provide service to their customers who attend Charlotte Bobcats games and all other events held at arena.

DAS integrator Connectivity Wireless worked both sides of the aisle, adding 6.5 Million square feet of in-building wireless coverage at both RNC and DNC events.

Indoor DAS networks were deployed inside convention centers, hotels, meeting centers and other public venues to handle higher traffic loading of wireless voice and data services.

“As a part of our turnkey design and implementation process, we work closely with third-party operators to deploy DAS and all of the major wireless carriers to ensure that our in-building DAS networks are integrated and optimized with their macro networks,” said David Hartin, vice president of RF solutions, Connectivity Wireless.

ExteNet Systems deployed an outdoor DAS and indoor distributed network, each hosting a different wireless carrier, in downtown Tampa for the Republican National Convention.

The outdoor DAS served Sprint customers throughout the downtown neighborhoods surrounding the Tampa Bay Times Forum, site of the convention. The indoor DAS network was deployed at the 350,000-square-foot Westin Tampa Harbour Island Hotel and convention facility with AT&T as the first carrier-tenant.

But the DAS provider’s job wasn’t done there. It deployed a network operating center that remotely monitored the systems around the clock to ensure that they could handle the traffic volumes and capacity. System performance was tested with the carriers both before and after the convention started. Additionally, ExteNet provided local field service technicians on site in Tampa to support network for the carriers and provide spare parts, if needed.

DAS equipment from Corning MobileAccess was deployed at several major locations in Tampa, Fla., and Charlotte, N.C., in support of the 2012 Republican and Democratic national conventions.In all, Corning MobileAccess’ solutions provide continuous wireless access and improved cellular coverage in 12 key places – including convention centers and hotels – in the two cities.

The DAS in the Tampa Convention Center covered the facility’s 600,000 square feet, which served as a hub for the thousands of media representatives covering the convention.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) deployed the Corning MobileAccess DAS to provide cellular coverage and capacity throughout 1.8 million square feet of terminal space. Wireless Services, a company that specializes in RF design and installation, designed and installed the DAS at CLT.

“We worked very closely with representatives at CLT to provide the airport with a customized, comprehensive solution to support the large influx of wireless communications during the convention and beyond,” said Julio Dumas, managing partner, Wireless Services.