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Crown Castle's DAS Deployed at CONSOL Energy Center

March 29, 2011


Crown Castle International Corp., a provider of wireless communications coverage networks, revealed that one of its subsidiaries has deployed its neutral host distributed antenna system (DAS) within CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

"Fans and concertgoers are keen to share their event experience with friends and family. For CONSOL Energy Center, the premier sports and entertainment destination in the Pittsburgh area, the installation of a distributed antenna system enhances the fans' experience. Fans can now fully utilize their mobile phones for texting, calling and sending pictures to friends and family at the event and across the country before, during and after the arena games and concerts," Pat Slowey, senior vice president of Sales and Customer Relations at Crown Castle said in a press release.

Distributed antenna systems (DAS) is a shared-infrastructure or neutral host model used to expand a wireless network footprint by adding coverage in hard to reach areas, resulting in increased quality. Crown Castle said that customers can get this kind of facility without making any capital investment to build their own network system or manage additional infrastructure using its custom designed indoor and outdoor DAS solutions.

Crown Castle designs, develops and operates fiber-fed DAS networks to improve signal strength and network capacity and coverage.

As stated, the system deployed currently facilitates wireless coverage for AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless (News - Alert) and has capacity for three additional operators.

"The Pittsburgh Penguins are pleased that Crown Castle will assist carriers in providing enhanced mobile phone and data coverage at CONSOL Energy Center for our fans," said Travis Williams, senior vice president of the hockey team.

An indoor distributed antenna system is a network of antennas connected by fiber to a communications hub designed to facilitate wireless communications services. The CONSOL Energy Center DAS network provides wireless coverage for fans and staff throughout the entire arena.

TMC (News - Alert) reported recently on Crown Castle’s announcement on certain contractual terms in light of AT&T's (News - Alert) proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA. As of December 31, 2010, AT&T and T-Mobile represented 21 percent and 11 percent, respectively, of Crown Castle's consolidated revenues.

Jai C.S. is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jai's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell