Major League Baseball has announced today that it is working with Qualcomm to greatly improve wireless coverage in its ballparks. This move means that in the near future MLB stadiums will have the strongest cellular connectivity. MLB Advanced Media, which is partnership between club owners that’s focused on technology, and Qualcomm are working together to enhance connectivity in 30 club stadiums. The first step is surveying stadiums which will be done over the next two years. After the survey has been done, Qualcomm will begin improving connectivity in each stadium. It will focus on 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi connectivity which will also be used by MLB Advanced Media to provide game related content to the crowd. It is not clear as of now whether it will be true LTE or HSPA+.
It is expected that the plan will be completed in 2015. MLB also recently partnered with T-Mobile to move bullpen-to-dugout connectivity to cellphones, a significant update from the previously used landlines. Visitors to the stadium will no doubt be grateful for improved wireless connectivity, good to see that sporting venues are keeping up with modern technology.
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