As the location of this year’s Super Bowl site, the Miami area becomes the show case for the best the carriers have to offer in terms of wireless infrastructure technology, using a variety of spectrum from 600 MHz and 700 MHz (Band 14) up to the mmWaves.
FirstNet, mmWave 5G Highlight AT&T Super Bowl Preparations
AT&T has been working for more than a year, investing more than $85 million in the Miami area to boost its network through a series of both permanent and temporary upgrades in the city. The FirstNet team at AT&T and the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) are working with dozens of public safety agencies to prepare public safety systems.
Inside the stadium, the carrier upgraded its portion of the DAS adding 5G+ and Band 14 spectrum to provide more 300 percent more LTE capacity than what was available at the start of the football season.
Outside the stadium, AT&T upgraded or installed DAS networks at 29 additional locations throughout the Miami area. Extra speed and capacity over 5G+, which uses millimeter waves, has been added in parts of 35 cities, including Miami and Miami Gardens. Additionally, six Cell on Wheels (COWs) have been deployed to handle expected increased wireless network demands.
For the FirstNet Authority, AT&T deployed on Band 14 spectrum across the area, which can be cleared and locked just for FirstNet subscribers in case of an emergency. Additionally, three FirstNet Satellite Cell on Light Trucks (SatCOLTs) were located outside of the stadium for extra redundancy and to provide additional coverage to first responders, if needed.
T-Mobile Brings 600 MHz, mmWave 5G to the Party
Over the last year, T-Mobile permanently boosted network capacity at venues throughout Miami in preparation for this Sunday’s game.
T-Mobile more than doubled LTE capacity at Hard Rock Stadium. To enhance indoor capacity at key venues throughout Miami, T-Mobile built DAS networks and deployed small cells throughout the city to provide additional performance boosts in places that can be difficult for towers to reach.
T-Mobile claimed to have the biggest 5G network in Miami, with 600 MHz band deployed on macrotowers and newly deployed millimeter wave 5G for customers with capable smartphones in parts of Miami, including nearly all of Bayfront Park and at Hard Rock Stadium in the lower bowl, parking lot and main entrances.
Verizon and NFL join forces on Mobile Content for Super Bowl
As part of their partnership, Verizon and the NFL have jointly developed applications that will come to life for fans at Hard Rock Stadium within the NFL OnePass app. All fans using the NFL OnePass app will be able to take advantage of augmented reality overlays of big plays, stats and other moments of the game. Many app features will be available to all game attendees across 4G networks, including new features such as in-stadium wayfinding and AR experiences.
Additionally and exclusively for Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband customers attending the game, the application also offers a new multi-camera angle streaming feature. Using this feature, fans will be able to choose which stream they want to watch to get the best angle of the action on the field, switch between camera angles, and rewind and play instant replays.
The NFL OnePass app brings fans specialized content in a user interface specifically developed for the game. The multi-camera, live stream of the action on the field is the first consumer app specifically designed for fans with a Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband compatible device. Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband service is available in parts of Hard Rock Stadium. Verizon Media’s RYOT and Visual-Intelligence developed the AR experience within the NFL OnePass app that enables fans to view the first near real-time AR stats. These NFL OnePass app features provide fans an enhanced experience only available within the stadium.
Quantum Wireless Brings CBRS-powered OnGo Private LTE Network to Miami Hotel
Quantum Wireless has deployed a new high-speed, broadband cellular network at the five-star Faena Hotel and Faena Forum in Miami Beach, along with a new OnGo private LTE network using Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS), in preparation for the nation’s largest sporting event.
Quantum, a member of the CBRS Alliance since 2018, received approval from the FCC for the CBRS network as an initial experimental deployment of the new technology.
The new Quantum Wireless system is designed to improve cell service inside the Faena Hotel and the Faena Forum, site of VIP events during the Miami Super Bowl.
The Quantum CBRS network and DAS are designed to improve wireless coverage, capacity and data speeds during events at both locations. With CBRS-capable handsets, users can communicate privately and securely over the Quantum CBRS network, independently from cellular networks and public Wi-Fi systems.
The Quantum DAS is a neutral-host network, capable of providing service for all major wireless carriers inside both venues. The nation’s two largest wireless carriers have joined the Quantum DAS, giving their customers the benefit of improved service at the Faena, with a third carrier slated to join later in 2020.