Kennedy Center

ExteNet installs Neutral Host Distributed Network at Kennedy Center

Fast Facts

  • The Kennedy Center hosts over 3,000 events annually with over 2 million visitors and patrons
  • The Kennedy Center features nearly 2 million sq. ft. of space
  • ExteNet’s Distributed network utilizes multiple nodes and hundreds of antennas supporting 3G and 4G LTE service throughout the building

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., is the busiest venue of its kind in the United States. Opened in 1971, it hosts approximately 3,000 events each year, with total audience viewership exceeding 2 million annually.

With such a concentration of theatergoers in a shared space, providing sufficient coverage, capacity and network service to wireless users is especially challenging. Traditional telecommunications infrastructure isn't optimized for such indoor settings since its signals typically originate from outside the venue and have to overcome the venue’s structure which are not designed for wireless signal propagation.

To meet the needs of the Kennedy Center, ExteNet installed its neutral-host Distributed Network that enhances mobile connectivity. The result is vastly improved voice call quality and faster mobile data speeds even during peak usage hours.

A glance at ExteNet's Distributed Network at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The Kennedy Center is situated along the Potomac River and has nearly 2 million square feet of space. Its size, along with the level of visitor activity, made it an ideal candidate for ExteNet’s neutral-host and scalable Distributed Network which has been designed and built to meet the requirements of ubiquitous coverage and high bandwidth at the Kennedy Center.

  • ExteNet’s Distributed Network supports two of the leading wireless carriers with plans in place for the other two national carriers to provide their service in the near future.
  • Coverage is blanketed over the front and back house areas of the facility. In addition, users can easily connect from all three levels of the parking lot and from offices throughout the Kennedy Center.
  • There are many remote nodes on the network, which also includes hundreds of discreetly placed SISO and MIMO 4G LTE antennas that meet the aesthetic requirements of the prestigious facility

Kennedy Center network harnesses power of LTE to meet rising mobile data demands
SISO and MIMO antenna usage at the Kennedy Center help to fulfill the unique requirements of 4G LTE, which is increasingly important to the handling of robust demand for mobile broadband. To illustrate the point - between 2012 and 2013, mobile traffic in the U.S. nearly doubled, and it could grow as much as 13x over the next 3-5 years. Smartphone penetration exceeds 70% today and mobile video usage now exceeds mobile data. There is seemingly an exponentially growing demand for data and video over multiple screens and devices.

Architectures such as the Distributed Network at the Kennedy Center are examples of how to provide superior connectivity to mobile users via discreet, economically designed infrastructure.