The Kuala Lumpur 2017 SEA Games is set to officially begin in two days and final preparations are being put in place. As part of this, the Malaysia Communications and Multimedia Commission began testing the expanded telco network deployed in the KL Sports City.
edotco Malaysia, the company responsible for the network infrastructure upgrades, installed a distributed antenna system (DAS) designed to boost telco signals while within the Axiata Arena. This involves multiple small antenna arrays located on pillars and on the ceiling. Distributing the network across a larger area allows the network to cover the arena more evenly, reducing signal loss due to the architecture of the building.
The DAS is designed to allow mobile network operators to provide service to everyone in the stadium; even while it’s at full capacity. According to edotco, this is the first time that the technology is being deployed in this region.
MCMC Head of Infrastructure Nor Azhar Hassan, edotco Malaysia Director of Corporate Affairs Abdurrahman Othman, and MCMC Communications and Digital Ecosystem Sector Chief Officer Mohd Ali Hanafiah Mohd Yunus conducted a walkabout of the Bukit Jalil sports complex to test the deployment of the DAS. Thus far, it appears that the network is more than capable of handling the crowd at the official opening of the 29th SEA Games and ninth ASEAN Paragames.