CHICAGO, Sept. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mobilitie, the largest privately-held wireless infrastructure provider in the United States, today announced the deployment of its Distributed Antenna System (DAS) at Toyota Park outside of Chicago to enhance wireless network capacity and coverage for soccer fans and the surrounding Bridgeview community.
Toyota Park is home to the Chicago Fire Soccer Club (MLS), and hosts more than half a million people each year. Mobilitie's DAS deployment will allow guests to better connect with and enjoy their mobile devices at events through seamless wireless stadium coverage, regardless of crowds and capacity. As a result, fans can enjoy soccer matches and events fully, without cellular congestion. They can upload photos, share experiences on social media, and get improved cell reception and service for other apps. T-Mobile consumers will see the immediate effects; there are plans for additional wireless carriers to join the network in the future.
Since it was founded in 2005, Mobilitie has been solving connectivity challenges across the country, ranging from sports arenas, to transit systems, shopping centers, and more. The highest mobile data traffic ever recorded during an event was carried by a Mobilitie DAS network at Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, in 2015. Through its DAS, Small Cell, Communication Tower, and Wi-Fi deployments, Mobilitie has been able to keep its partners satisfied and prepared for the LTE network demands of the fast-approaching 5G era.
"We identified an opportunity to elevate fan experience through improved stadium connectivity," said Atul Khosla, the Chicago Fire's Chief Operating Officer. "It was important for us to find a partner like Mobilitie to deploy the DAS system and we appreciate their contributions to the Club."
"Mobilitie's goal is to help bring greater wireless connectivity to cities in order to deliver a better mobile experience and help communities bridge the digital divide," said Christos Karmis, President of Mobilitie. "The installation of our new DAS network at Toyota Park, along with our P.L.A.Y.S. philanthropy initiative, represents what Mobilitie is about: Empowering communities and providing premiere wireless services."
At the September 16th home match vs. DC United, Mobilitie will present a donation check to the Chicago Fire Foundation's P.L.A.Y.S. (Participate, Learn, Achieve Youth Soccer) Program to show its support for Chicagoland youth and announce a donation to the Village of Bridgeview that will go towards community enhancement. Created in 2013 in partnership with World Sport Chicago, P.L.A.Y.S. integrates soccer and a curriculum focused on instilling self-reliance as a means to grow social and emotional learning skills of youth. Since its creation, P.L.A.Y.S. has organized more than 90,000 hours of soccer for underserved youth in Chicagoland.
To connect with Mobilitie during the September 16th match, tweet @mobilitie using the hashtag #ConnectedCity and utilize Mobilitie's SnapChat geofilter, accessible to all attendees.
Mobilitie is the largest privately-held telecommunications infrastructure company in the United States. As a global provider of complete wireless solutions, Mobilitie helps people stay connected on their mobile devices wherever they are. We fund, deploy, and operate next generation infrastructure that enables robust 4G LTE coverage and upcoming 5G services and speeds. Mobilitie wireless infrastructure includes communication towers, indoor and outdoor neutral host DAS networks, small cells, and Wi-Fi networks. Mobilitie's Advanced Technology Group engineers innovative wireless solutions that improve wireless service at the largest and most complex venues across all major industries—including sports and entertainment, real estate, hospitality, education, healthcare, and government transportation. The highest mobile data traffic ever recorded during an event was carried by a Mobilitie DAS network.
Mobilitie partners with cities and municipalities across the country to deploy next generation small cell sites and other infrastructure that provides local residents with enhanced mobile connectivity and wireless broadband access. Our high-density wireless infrastructure is designed to enable the richest, most interactive mobile experiences including real-time video streaming, location-based services, social media, and other mobile applications.
Mobilitie is headquartered in Newport Beach, California and has regional offices across the United States and internationally. To learn more about our wireless coverage solutions, visit us at www.mobilitie.com.
About Chicago Fire Soccer Club
Founded on the 126th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, the Chicago Fire Soccer Club entered its 19th Major League Soccer season with six major domestic championship titles including the 1998 MLS Cup and 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2006 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cups, and 2003 Supporters Shield. Anchoring Chicago's growing soccer fan base, the Fire play at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., located 15 miles from Chicago's Loop. www.Chicago-Fire.com.
About the Chicago Fire Foundation
The Chicago Fire's goal on the field is to play hard and win. Its goal off the field is to contribute to the quality of life in Chicago and its surrounding communities. Through the Chicago Fire Foundation, the Fire is able to give back to the community by leveraging its resources and expertise in the area of soccer to provide sports-based youth development and direct-service programs to Chicagoland's underserved communities. Since 1998, the Chicago Fire Foundation, the charitable arm of the Chicago Fire Major League Soccer Team, has made significant contributions to enhance the lives of disadvantaged youth throughout Chicagoland. To date, the Foundation has donated more than $1.8 million dollars in grants and contributions. The Chicago Fire Foundation raises funds through events such as the annual Season Kickoff Luncheon, the Commemorative Jersey Auction, and 50/50 Raffle. For more information about the Chicago Fire Foundation, visit www.chicago-fire.com/community.
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