Airvana small cell delivers 4G services to US campus stadium

Nex-Tech Wireless uses Airvana OneCell to provide 4G services for Coliseum stadium at Fort Hays State University in Kansas

Airvana small cell delivers 4G services to US campus stadium

Nex-Tech Wireless has implemented Airvana’s OneCell Cloud RAN (C-RAN) small cell system in the 7,600-seat Gross Coliseum at Fort Hays State University (FHSU) in Hays, Kansas.

During the university graduation ceremonies on 15 May 2015, the OneCell system delivered an even LTE performance throughout the entire coliseum thanks to its C-RAN architecture, which enables it to eliminate cell border interference and handovers to provide a better wireless experience.

Airvana said its OneCell C-RAN operates over standard Ethernet switches and cabling to deliver LTE in large venues at substantially lower cost than traditional distributed antenna systems (DAS). Nex-Tech Wireless, a mobile network operator in the west-central US, selected OneCell to meet the growing wireless needs of FHSU, which has an enrollment of 13,825 students.

Graduation ceremonies at FHSU's Gross Coliseum presented a demanding environment for a wireless system. Such events are characterised by heavy use of mobile devices for messaging, photo and video sharing. The OneCell system proved itself equal to the task, delivering impressive performance statistics:

• Peak 66 Mbps download speeds achieved consistently throughout the coliseum (in a 10 MHz LTE channel)
• 99.7% connection setup success rate
• 0.5% connection drop rate
• 100% macro handover success rate.

"As a small operator, we compete by using technology to provide superior service at competitive prices," said Nathan Sutter, director of network operations and engineering, Nex-Tech Wireless. "Gross Coliseum's installed DAS no longer met our capacity and performance requirements. OneCell provided superior performance at a much more attractive cost than upgrading the DAS.

“The entire qualification process, from first lab tests to live commercial use took just nine weeks. As a demanding use case, the graduation event exceeded our expectations and validated for us the advantages of this technology."

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