Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) today announced the deployment of its ONE(TM) Wireless platform at Texas A&M University's Kyle Field.
One of the largest college football stadiums in the U.S., the newly renovated home of the Texas A&M Aggies, now includes a state-of-the art optical fiber infrastructure that delivers increased capacity and more reliable wireless service. ONE Wireless enables more than 100,000 fans to call, text, and tweet about being at the big game - all at the same time.
"Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp empowered us to build a state-of-the-art facility - one that would rival or surpass NFL stadiums as well as enhance upon Kyle Field's already legendary game-day fan experience, truly the best in all of collegiate sports," said Phillip Ray, vice chancellor of Business Affairs for the Texas A&M University System. "He wanted iconic Kyle Field to have the most-connected fans anywhere in the country, and we are confident that the Corning ONE Wireless platform will deliver just that."
The IBM-designed network includes Corning's ONE Wireless Platform, the first all-optical solution to converge nearly every wired and wireless connectivity need into a single, unified infrastructure.
"IBM's collaboration with Corning went beyond the typical manufacturer-integrator relationship," said Sam Maatallah, vice president, Networking Services, Infrastructure Services - North America, IBM. "Their commitment to innovation, coupled with the inherent flexibility of the ONE platform, enabled a network design that allows customers to engage the full complement of IBM resources. Together, we functioned as one team, working to deliver the ultimate connected fan experience in a world-class football stadium."
ONE Wireless used half the space of, required significantly less material than, and will use less power than legacy copper-based networks or hybrid-fiber coax DAS solutions - while delivering near record-setting Wi-Fi network performance. When Kyle Field opened for Texas A&M's 2015 football season on Sept. 12, happy fans took to social media to praise their best-in-class connectivity - with one user proudly tweeting his network speed test results.
"Today, the Aggies are among the most connected fans anywhere, with a DAS network capable of delivering coverage for all four leading service providers, and a Wi-Fi network capable of handling a 100,000 photos uploaded to social media every second," said Mike O'Day, vice president of Wireless Networks for Corning Optical Communications. "Plus, the ONE platform enables multiple point-of-sales systems, a network of IPTVs, and it stands ready to tackle anything else Texas A&M adds in the future."
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