The Miami Heat have improved their cellular coverage at AmericanAirlines Arena to prepare for increased social media activity including selfie taking per the Sun-Sentinel.
The Heat will begin their quest for a third straight championship this Sunday and are expecting sellout crowds for each and every game. Those fans will bring a slew of mobile devices and a high demand for wireless connections. Fans will be tweeting, liking, checking-in, Instagramming, and of course taking selfies. With all that demand in one place, slow speeds and upload errors were likely to be a problem.
Fan experience is something that the Heat have always taken into consideration and this time is no different. With a Distributed Antenna System, the Heat will now have access to a system that has 320 antennas spread out the report states. This design allows for better speeds and more reliable connections even in the busiest zones. With those many fans and the multitude of social media activities these days, there may not be a zone of AmericanAirlines Arena that isn't busy during the playoffs.
“This allows our patrons to instantly share their in-venue experiences via their mobile devices by sharing calls, videos, texts and photos ensuring a superb cellular wireless experience,” Tony Coba, the Heat’s chief information officer told the Sentinel.
Selfies have grown into one of the biggest crazes with celebrities and fans alike uploading them daily from all over the world. From the Oscars, to the San Antonio Spurs and most recently the President and Vice President of the United States -- anyone and everyone is taking part. Heat fans are sure to do the same with possibly a view of the court behind them to share with their friends back home. Now they can send those selfies with confidence of quick speeds and a lack of upload failures.
The first playoff game for Miami will be at 3:30 p.m. this Sunday against the Charlotte Bobcats. It will be nationally televised and also now well covered live on social media by fans at the game.
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