Comcast brings new 3-Gig backbone to Memphis Grizzlies’ FedExForum

Comcast Business, which has sponsored the backbone bandwidth to many sports arenas, announced that it has installed a new 3-gigabit fiber backbone to the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies’ FedExForum, which will support the already-existing fan-facing Wi-Fi network at the stadium.

According to our past research, the FedExForum Wi-Fi used to be supported by a wide-area wireless link provided by Ubiquiti, the firm that Grizzlies owner Robert Pera is CEO of. We are guessing here but we suspect that the fan-facing Wi-Fi will soon have a new SSID name of xfinitywifi, the SSID used by Comcast in other arenas where it provides backbone services.

Though we haven’t updated our specific information since our original report, news reports today claiming that Comcast is supplying Wi-Fi to FedExForum for the first time are incorrect. According to Comcast, under the new deal Comcast will also provide internet service and other communications services for the team’s front office operations.

AT&T upgrades DAS for 4G LTE at FedExForum in time for NCAA Sweet Sixteen

When tonight’s games in the Sweet Sixteen round of the men’s NCAA basketball tournament South regional tip off, fans at FedExForum in Memphis, fans there with AT&T cell phone contracts will benefit from a recent upgrade to the arena’s Distributed Antenna System (DAS) to support AT&T’s new 4G LTE service.

If you read through our latest Stadium Tech Report for Q1 2014, you would know that FedExForum already has public Wi-Fi service as well as a DAS; the new AT&T upgrade specifically targets Ma Bell’s new 4G LTE network, which runs on different frequencies than AT&T’s older cellular channels.