SPRINGFIELD, Mass./CHICAGO … The American Hockey League has announced a renewed agreement with ExteNet Systems, Inc., the leading independent provider of distributed networks enabling outdoor and indoor wireless connectivity, as the league’s official and exclusive arena wireless network provider.
ExteNet has served as the AHL’s wireless network provider since 2013, working with AHL teams and venues to create opportunities for building and operating distributed networks in AHL arenas that enable 3G, 4G LTE and Wi-Fi based wireless services.
ExteNet currently provides advanced mobile connectivity via multi-carrier distributed networks at numerous AHL venues, such as the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I. (home of the Providence Bruins), Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. (home of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers) and the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa (home of the Iowa Wild).
“We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with ExteNet. Bringing a world-class in-venue experience for our fans is of utmost importance for us. ExteNet understands the needs of our teams and fans, and works extensively to enhance and deliver networks in time for major events, while remaining a key resource for all our wireless communications infrastructure needs,” said Chris Nikolis, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for the AHL.
“Fans are increasingly using more data and video at sporting events than ever before. Content sharing at sporting events outpaces network capacity requirements, putting tremendous strain on the network. With ExteNet, AHL arenas are poised to accommodate that wireless data and video demand, delivering the highest-order fan experience. We’re excited to continue this partnership with the AHL and help improve wireless broadband connectivity for the teams and fans,” said Jon Davis, Vice President of Business Development for ExteNet.
In November 2015, ExteNet announced a $1.4 billion recapitalization led by Digital Bridge and Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners, to help accelerate its growth and ensure continued leadership in distributed networks that are utilized by wireless carriers to provide advanced wireless service for their customers. ExteNet was also one of only 10 companies to win the 2015 Chicago Innovation Awards.
ExteNet’s renewed agreement with the AHL is an example of the company’s continued growth and innovation in the wireless infrastructure industry.
About ExteNet Systems, Inc.
Lisle, Ill.-based ExteNet Systems, Inc. designs, builds, owns and operates distributed networks for use by wireless carriers and venues in key markets. Using distributed antenna systems (DAS), remote radio heads (RRH), small cells, Wi-Fi, software-defined network (SDN) based Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and other technologies, ExteNet deploys solutions to enhance wireless service and network performance across both outdoor and indoor environments. Primary markets include outdoor distributed networks in a variety of densely occupied urban, suburban and rural environments, and various indoor verticals, including sports and entertainment venues, hotels and convention centers, commercial office space, healthcare facilities and transit systems. For more information, please visit www.extenetsystems.com.
“ExteNet®” is a registered trademark of ExteNet Systems, Inc.
About the American Hockey League
Founded in 1936 and with franchises in 30 cities across North America, the American Hockey League serves as the top development league for the players, coaches, managers, executives and broadcasters of all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 88 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and for the 14th year in a row, more than 6 million fans attended AHL games across North America in 2014-15.