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Boingo wins Aztec Stadium 5G race

Boingo Wireless has been selected by San Diego State University (SDSU) to design, build, operate and maintain a 5G-ready network for the university’s new multi-use Aztec Stadium.

The venue is expected to be completed in time for the 2022 NCAA football season.

Aztec Stadium is part of a $3.5 billion SDSU campus expansion project in the Mission Valley neighbourhood of San Diego.

SDSU selected Boingo as the stadium’s DAS partner after a competitive review process, where the company stood out for its 5G expertise and neutral host approach that helps ensure all Tier One cellular carriers can access the network.

Boingo will deploy service throughout Aztec Stadium, including bowl seating, the playing field, concourses, entry gates, press box, locker rooms, media center, administrative offices and the surrounding parking lots.

Boingo CEO Mike Finley said:

The new Aztec Stadium will be a world-class sports and entertainment venue with world-class connectivity built for the 5G era. We’re proud to enable the stadium’s tech-forward initiatives to keep guests connected—whether live-streaming kickoff, engaging on the Aztecs mobile app or using a mobile ticket.

Boingo’s neutral host wireless network will be designed for multi-carrier 5G and LTE coverage, including millimeter wave (mmWave), a high frequency, high bandwidth 5G technology that can quickly transmit large amounts of data, such as augmented reality, virtual reality and 4K streaming. The network will be high-density to deliver seamless connectivity to guests, staff and athletes across the 35,000-capacity space.

SDSU director of intercollegiate athletics John David Wicker said:

Aztec Stadium will define the next generation fan experience, where smart connectivity solutions enhance every venue touchpoint. Boingo is the right wireless partner to help us realize our vision of delivering this fan-first experience and we’re excited to have them on board as our neutral host 5G partner.