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PCTEL-Tested Network at Big Game Sets Records for Mobile Traffic

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PCTEL, Inc. (NASDAQ:PCTI) , a leader in Performance Critical Telecom solutions, played a key role preparing wireless networks in and around University of Phoenix Stadium to withstand the record-breaking levels of wireless traffic during this year’s Big Game. PCTEL’s RFS network engineering services group assisted in network testing and optimization in the months leading up to the event.

Upgrades to the stadium’s Distributed Antenna System (DAS) boosted network capacity by as much as four times. This upfront planning proved necessary as multiple wireless carriers reported that data usage on their networks more than doubled compared to last year’s game. In total, customers of the four tier-one carriers generated approximately 7 terabytes of data in and around the stadium. That’s equivalent to uploading nearly 20 million photos to social media.

“Wireless networks have transformed the way we experience major events. Thanks to a successful network deployment, tens of thousands of fans were able to share their experience in real time,” said David Neumann, PCTEL’s Vice President and General Manager, RF Solutions. “PCTEL was proud to offer engineering services and test equipment as part of the solution in Arizona.”

PCTEL performed DAS commissioning and system verification of all four carriers on frequencies 700, 800, 850, 1900 and 2100 MHz. PCTEL also collaborated with major carriers and tower companies to troubleshoot network issues, optimize coverage, and conduct acceptance testing.

In addition to testing at University of Phoenix Stadium, PCTEL completed projects at the city convention center, major hotels and resorts, and popular game day viewing areas. PCTEL’s network engineering services group specializes in commissioning and testing DAS and small cell networks.

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PCTEL delivers Performance Critical Telecom solutions. RF Solutions develops and provides test equipment, software, and engineering services for wireless networks. Engineers rely upon PCTEL to visualize, benchmark, and optimize wireless networks. Connected SolutionsTM designs and delivers performance critical antennas and site solutions for wireless networks globally. Our antennas support evolving wireless standards for cellular, private, and broadband networks. PCTEL antennas and site solutions support networks worldwide, including SCADA for oil, gas and utilities, fleet management, industrial operations, health care, small cell and network timing deployment, defense, public safety, education, and broadband access.

PCTEL’s performance critical products include its SeeGull(R) scanning receivers and CW Transmitter, SeeHawk(R) and SeeHawk TouchTM analytic software, and its SeeWaveTM interference locating system. PCTEL is recognized globally for its industry leading-edge IBflexTM, EXflex(R), and MX scanning receivers and its sophisticated in-building Network Engineering Services (NES).

PCTEL’s performance critical MAXRAD(R) and BluewaveTM antenna solutions include high rejection and high performance GPS and GNSS products, the industry leading Yagi portfolio, mobile and indoor LTE, broadband, and LMR antennas and PIM-rated antennas for transit, in-building, and small cell applications. We provide performance critical mobile towers for demanding emergency and oil and gas network applications and leverage our design, logistics, and support capabilities to deliver performance critical site solutions into carrier, railroad, and utility applications.

PCTEL’s products are sold worldwide through direct and indirect channels. For more information, please visit the company’s web sites:,, or

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