The University of Mississippi, or Ole Miss, is the state’s largest university and has been ranked among the nation’s fastest-growing institutions. In addition to its 24,000 students, Ole Miss regularly welcomes thousands of Rebel fans for football and basketball games, tailgating and other sporting events. Whether students are trying to access textbooks online or fans are Tweeting from the games, wireless usage and data demand at the university continues to increase.

At a glance.

Company Name

University of Mississippi (Ole Miss)

Industry

Education

Size

24,000 students

Solutions Used

Small cells
Towers

Location

Mississippi

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The need.

Beyond satisfying needs of students and faculty in the classroom, Ole Miss was looking to support substantial growth and wireless demand for fans in two of the most highly trafficked areas—the Rebel football stadium and nearby tailgating spot called The Grove. They needed a solution that could:

  • Preserve the beauty and history of the campus.
  • Ensure the installation process did not interfere with stadium or arena usage during the football and basketball seasons.

The solution.

  • Several years ago, Crown Castle deployed a small cell network at the Rebel football stadium and The Grove.
  • We expanded the existing infrastructure—adding indoor small cells to multiple campus buildings, including the business school and performing arts center.
  • We also updated the system in the Rebel football stadium and added small cells to the new 9,500-seat Pavilion arena which hosts basketball and volleyball games, concerts and academic events.
  • Additionally, we built a cell tower on the university grounds to offer greater coverage across the entire campus. 

The impact.

  • The new tower and additional small cells will enable wireless carriers to provide reliable connectivity for students, faculty and visitors.
  • Our multi-tenant small cells enabled us to add another wireless carrier to the existing network.
  • To date, we have deployed 40 small cell nodes at the campus and as the university continues to grow, we will be a long-term partner—helping to ensure Ole Miss is ready for the future.

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Your business is unique—and so are your connectivity needs. With an individualized approach, we’ll show you how our infrastructure solutions will serve you today and prepare you for tomorrow. 

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