AT&T Improves its Mobile Internet Coverage at Qualcomm Stadium

| November 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

New 4G LTE Distributed Antenna System

The pageantry of football is back at professional and college stadiums across the country – and fans are lining up with faces painted, giant foam fingers and glowing smartphones in hand.

As part of its continuing network investment to support growing demand for advanced wireless devices and services, AT&T has improved its mobile Internet coverage at Qualcomm Stadium, owned by the City of San Diego, by completing the installation of a new 4G LTE-capable Distributed Antenna System (DAS).

AT&T’s DAS, spread throughout Qualcomm Stadium, features 69,500 feet of coaxial cable and 40,000 feet of optical fiber cable.

A DAS installation consists of multiple strategically-placed antennas that distribute AT&T’s wireless network coverage throughout Qualcomm Stadium, providing for more efficient management of wireless capacity in heavily-trafficked areas, such as major athletic venues. DAS has the ability to provide enhanced, more consistent wireless coverage to customers in indoor or outdoor spaces where geographical limitations – terrain, building construction, etc. – or crowd density might otherwise prevent the optimal wireless experience.

“When our customers go to the stadium to cheer on the Chargers, we want them to have a great network experience no matter what they’re doing – whether that’s making a call, checking email, downloading apps or surfing the Internet,” said Tammi Terrell, vice president and general manager in San Diego. “We’re committed to our investment in the local wireless network, and providing enhanced wireless coverage at Qualcomm Stadium is just one way that we’re investing in San Diego.”

“This major commitment by AT&T to upgrade their wireless network will provide our fans and all visitors to Qualcomm Stadium with the wireless service we’ve come to expect every day and every place we go,” said Chargers CEO A.G. Spanos. “This will help ensure that our fans will be able to fully enjoy their wireless devices and stay tuned to the outside world while enjoying the game.”

AT&T invested nearly six million dollars to bring the DAS solutions to San Diego, with more than 35 AT&T employees working to install the cables and antennas over a period of four to five months. DAS advances network speed, capacity and reliability, drastically improving the game day mobile experience for Qualcomm visitors.

Over the past five years, AT&T invested more than $115 billion into operations and into acquiring spectrum and other assets that have enhanced its wireless and wired networks. Since 2007, AT&T has invested more capital into the U.S. economy than any other public company. In a July 2012 report, the Progressive Policy Institute ranked AT&T No. 1 on its list of U.S. “Investment Heroes.”

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