LISLE, IL/BROOKLYN, NY — May 16, 2012 — ExteNet Systems, the leader in implementation and operations of distributed wireless networks, today announced its agreement with Forest City Ratner Companies to design, install, manage, and maintain a Distributed Antenna System (DAS) network in the newly constructed Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Scheduled to open in September 2012, the 675,000-square foot, 19,000-seat Barclays Center will be home to the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Brooklyn Nets at the start of the 2012-2013 season. Barclays Center is scheduled to host more than 220 events per year including concerts, sports, family shows, and other special events.
Chip Foley, Director of Building Technology at Forest City Ratner Companies, a subsidiary of Forest City Enterprises,said, “We chose ExteNet Systems to help make Barclays Center the premier location for entertainment in New York by ensuring superior wireless capacity and coverage with proven DAS coverage. ExteNet’s experience in deploying large-scale communication networks coupled with a business model that supports a cost-effective entry for wireless carriers made the ExteNet decision smart on all fronts.”
The need for voice, data, and video connectivity is amplified in the world of sports. Bandwidth needs arising from always-on connectivity, real-time video streaming, and multi-media messaging at sports arenas is straining wireless carriers existing networks. Sports fans expect to view the games and enjoy an on-demand, personalized multimedia mobile experience.
Ross W. Manire, President and CEO at ExteNet Systems noted, “ExteNet and its venue-owner partners recognize the rapid change in fan expectations and we are working with leading wireless carriers to enable their networks of the future to provide the coverage and capacity needed to rapidly change the entertainment and communication experience at venues and events.” Manire added, “We are pleased to work on a prestigious project like Barclays Center.”
Teresa Masterangelo, Principal Analyst at Broadbandtrends, a leading market research firm specializing in the fixed and wireless broadband convergence, explained, “The need for capacity and coverage is accentuated in high traffic venues and user expectations for anytime, anywhere connectivity needs to be satiated at all times. DAS is a proven technology. Changing user behavior, the deluge of next-gen data applications and the inability of macro-cell networks to provide adequate coverage and capacity is necessitating that wireless carriers work with companies like ExteNet to serve subscribers emerging needs of with technology solutions like DAS.”
As part of its total solution offering, ExteNet also provides a suite of Professional Services including a 24×7 Network Operations Center (NOC).
About ExteNet Systems, Inc.
Lisle, IL-based ExteNet Systems, Inc. designs, installs, manages and maintains open, intelligent and distributed networks for use by wireless carriers. Using distributed antenna systems (DAS), ExteNet networks enhance coverage and capacity by providing superior wireless services in both outdoor and indoor markets. Primary markets addressed by ExteNet include outdoor distributed networks for use by wireless carriers, and a host of indoor verticals including sports and entertainment venues, commercial real estate, healthcare, higher education, hospitality and government agencies. ExteNet ranked 5th on the Wall Street Journal’s “The Next Big Thing” list of the top 50 venture-backed companies in 2011. For more information, visit www.extenetsystems.com.
“ExteNet” is a registered trademark of ExteNet Systems, Inc.
About Barclays Center
Scheduled to open in September 2012, Barclays Center will be a major sports and entertainment venue in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. Developed by Brooklyn-based real estate developer Forest City Ratner Companies, and designed by the award-winning architectural firms AECOM and SHoP Architects, Barclays Center will have one of the most intimate seating configurations ever designed into a modern multi-purpose arena, with unparalleled sightlines and first-class amenities. Barclays Center will offer 18,200 seats for basketball and up to 19,000 seats for concerts, and will also have 100 luxury suites, four bars/lounges, three clubs, and a restaurant.
In addition to Barclays, the naming rights partner, Founding Partners for Barclays Center include Cushman & Wakefield,EmblemHealth, Foxwoods Resort Casino, MetroPCS, and Stolichnaya. Other sponsors include Anheuser-Busch, The Coca-Cola Company, Haier America, HighPoint Solutions, LIU Brooklyn, New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, Phillips-Van Heusen, Tyco, and Willis.
For more information on Barclays Center please visit www.barclayscenter.com.