DAS Group Professionals (DGP) has been hired by the Chicago Cubs to design and deploy a ballpark-owned and managed DAS network. The model in use at Wrigley Field is the same as what was recently used in other venues, including the San Francisco 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium and Sacramento Kings’ Golden 1 Center..
The DGP model, which disrupts the common model of a single lead carrier or third party neutral host, puts control of system design and performance in the hands of the venue owner. Rather than a system designed and optimized for a single lead carrier, all participating carriers can showcase their network speeds and technologies.
“Our venues opt for this fully managed and integrated system because it ensures that all ticket holders and fans will have a great communications experience – regardless of carrier,” explained DGP President Steve Dutto. “It removes the variation of experience and allows the user to witness their provider’s true network performance on a level playing field.
The new model still allows each carrier to use its proprietary technology, while creating a platform for the wireless providers to showcase their networks’ speeds on a neutral platform.