RFS Enables First-Ever 4.5G Wireless Indoor Coverage of an International Sporting Event

Radio Frequency Systems (RFS) recently help provide LTE Advanced wireless indoor coverage during an international sporting competition. The company provided wireless indoor solutions supporting network technologies up to LTE Advanced (4.5G) at two massive stadiums that hosted the 2019 Copa América football tournament in Brazil.

The RFS solutions installed at the Maracanã and Mineirão stadiums are updates to the distributed antenna system (DAS) solutions RFS provided to support the 2013 Confederations Cup, 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. The solutions allowed tens of thousands of fans to enjoy reliable access to high-speed wireless indoor coverage throughout the Copa América competition.

At the final match held at the Maracanã stadium, more than 70,000 fans generated data throughput rates comparable to those generated during World Cup games. At the Mineirão stadium, attendance was not far behind, with more than 60,000 fans watching a single playoff game and sharing unforgettable moments.

The RFS wireless infrastructure solutions at the stadiums were provided as part of a complete, turnkey solution that also included:

  • Configuration and commissioning of active equipment
  • Updates to the electrical, air conditioning and fire prevention systems needed to support the solutions
  • Signal testing to 4.5G levels
  • Sectorization to ensure high-quality wireless connections in all stadium areas from the parking lots to the stands
  • Operational assistance during matches