Multi-beam antennas are changing the way engineers design in-building wireless solutions for certain stadiums and arenas. In February, Verizon announced the use of multi-beam antennas at US Bank Stadium as a part of their Super Bowl 52 preparation. And, more recently AT&T announced the use of multi-beam antennas at Amalie Arena.
The attraction to multi-beam antennas is simple. Using multi-beam antennas, the cellular carriers can provide a high deal of capacity from a single antenna solution. And, in the proper scenarios, multi-beam antennas can drastically reduce the amount of wireless infrastructure needing to be installed within a stadium or arena thereby potentially reducing the overall cost.
A recent article published by Mobile Sports Report describes AT&T’s deployment of the MatSing RF Lens Multi-Beam antennas, also called MatSing balls at Amalie Arena.
- MatSing balls have made a permanent appearance at U.S. Bank Stadium for Super Bowl 52
- AT&T is rebuilding the distributed antenna system at Amalie Arena (home of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning)
- The new system is also sort of a coming-out event for MatSing the company
“The new system is also sort of a coming-out event for MatSing the company, which has largely remained in the background the past few years as AT&T and Verizon Wireless have used its unique “lens” antennas to bring cellular coverage to events as diverse as the Coachella Music Festival, the presidential inauguration and the Indy 500. But as cellular carriers and venue owners and operators look for ways to increase density or granularity of coverage, MatSing’s unique gear may find its way into more permanent deployments, especially if the Amalie Arena network proves successful.”