Verizon boosts wireless capacity, coverage at MIA

Verizon Wireless announced it has completed an advanced in-building wireless system at Miami International Airport to dramatically boost high-speed wireless capacity and coverage for travelers, officials and staff.

The new DAS (distributed antenna system) includes hundreds of small antenna units and other technology activated throughout terminals, gates, baggage claim and other areas of the 7.5-million-square-foot facility. The multi-million-dollar project is one Verizon’s largest in-building airport installations in the nation, said Mariano Legaz, Florida region president of Verizon Wireless.

The new system is powered by Verizon’s latest XLTE network technology, which uses AWS (advanced wireless services) spectrum to multiply network data capacity. This means more users at once can be connecting to the Internet, sending texts, posting to social media, downloading content and other activities at peak wireless speeds. “MIA is a key global gateway and a major economic engine for Miami-Dade that handles more than 40 million passengers per year. Most of these travelers are relying on their smartphones, tablets and other wireless devices to help them on their way,” said Legaz.

Verizon, which has the nation’s largest 4G LTE network, has invested nearly $3 billion in the state and $80 billion nationwide since 2000 to build, maintain and enhance its wireless network.

Nancy Dahlberg