Construction will begin Monday to improve cell capacity at the stadium and upgrades are also being discussed for the Dean Smith Center.
The Distributed Antenna System project (DAS) aims to improve cell coverage across UNC’s campus. Now, more antennae are being added to Kenan Stadium to improve cellular capacity and accommodate 60,000 fans.
“Most people don’t understand, there’s a big difference between coverage and capacity,” said Rick Harden, director of engineering and operations for ITS communication technologies.
“Cellular coverage refers to the signal footprint, meaning how big or how small is the coverage area where a mobile device can actually pick-up a signal,” he said. “Cellular capacity refers to how many users can access the system at the same time.”