AT&T Enhances Gameday Wireless Coverage at Qualcomm Stadium

New 4G LTE Distributed Antenna System Provides Additional Wireless Capacity for Customers on Gameday

San Diego, California, October 09, 2012

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).

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.”

AT&T is an industry leader in deploying DAS solutions. DAS help address the exponential network traffic growth skyrocketing at large sporting venues. At professional football’s 2012 championship game in Indianapolis, AT&T launched an expanded DAS that enabled 4G LTE coverage within the stadium. It marked the first time in the history of the “big game” that customers created and uploaded more content than they downloaded on AT&T’s network. In fact, they uploaded nearly 40 percent more data then they downloaded. Data usage totaled 215 GB and nearly 725,000 text messages were sent and received across AT&T’s network. The DAS also supports 911 emergency services, enhancing patron safety and service not only for Charger games, but for all Qualcomm Stadium events.

The additional capacity is expected to help improve call reliability, boost data traffic capacity and enable more consistent network access so customers make the most of their AT&T devices.

“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.”

This unobtrusive network solution is just one innovative approach AT&T is taking to ensure it provides a seamless and effortless customer experience.  AT&T’s innovation and investment has resulted in the nation’s largest 4G network, covering 275 million people with ultra-fast speeds and a more consistent user experience. That’s coverage in 3,000 more 4G cities and towns than Verizon.

AT&T is the only U.S. service provider to deploy two compatible 4G technologies to deliver more speed to more customers. Our 4G LTE network delivered faster average download speeds than any of our competitors in PCWorld’s most recent 13-market speed tests.

AT&T’s 4G LTE network delivers speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G**, as well as multiple innovations that optimize the network for performance.  Our network’s radio components are placed close to the antenna at most cell sites, instead of inside the base station, which helps minimize power loss between the base station and antenna and, in turn, improves the performance of our 4G LTE network.  The network also is designed with its core elements distributed across the country, which helps reduce latency, or the delay when using the Internet, because your request isn’t traveling as far.

Even as AT&T continues to expand its 4G LTE coverage in 2012 and 2013, customers can get 4G speeds outside of 4G LTE areas on our 4G HSPA+ network,  unlike competitors, where customers fall back to slower 3G technologies when outside of LTE coverage.

AT&T’s focus to deliver the best possible mobile Internet experience goes beyond 4G and DAS to embrace additional connection technologies.  AT&T operates the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network*** including more than 30,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers across the country.  Most AT&T smartphone customers get access to our entire national Wi-Fi network at no additional cost, and Wi-Fi usage doesn’t count against customers’ monthly wireless data plans.

Over the past five years, AT&T invested more than $115 billion into operations and into acquiring spectrum and other assets that have enhanced our 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.”

For more information about AT&T’s coverage in San Diego or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.