Hickory company connects mobile users during game

Hickory-headquartered Corning Inc. will help thousands of mobile users enjoy Super Bowl activities this weekend in Indianapolis.

Corning MobileAccess, which is part of Corning Inc.’s telecommunications segment, recently installed distributed antenna systems (DAS) technology at several major venue sites in Indianapolis, the site of Super Bowl XLVI.

The technology will help bring outdoor mobile signals indoors, allowing fans to have less interrupted access to data, voice, pre-game video, messaging and photo sharing at large venues surrounding the event, according to Corning officials.

In addition to serving Lucas Oil Stadium, where the Super Bowl will be played, the DAS technology has been deployed at the Indianapolis International Airport, eight hotels, two area medical centers, the Indiana Convention Center and the Colts training facility.

“While large sites are great for events, the structures themselves and the massive amount of people within them trying to access cellular networks simultaneously can result in dropped calls and slower data access," said Mike Genovese, Corning Cable Systems’ senior vice president of wireless networks and new business development.

"Our solutions distribute cell signals throughout these locations, so that Indianapolis visitors and residents can effortlessly connect via their mobile devices."

This isn’t the first time Corning MobileAccess has provided mobile signals for the Super Bowl.

Lucas Oil Stadium is the fifth Super Bowl venue to be outfitted with an installed DAS system, with others including Reliant Stadium in Houston for Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004; ALLTEL Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla., for Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005; Ford Field in Detroit for Super Bowl XL in 2006; and University of Phoenix Stadium for Super Bowl XLII in 2008.

The DAS systems provide indoor mobile signals that are distributed throughout large facilities, such as football stadiums or convention centers. The signals help improve coverage for voice, texting and data services.

The antennae systems also help accommodate operators' cellular services, including 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE), and are built to handle future upgrades or expansions without impacting existing services, according to Corning’s website.