AT&T Enhances Gameday Wireless Coverage at Commonwealth Stadium

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

Lexington, Kentucky, October 05, 2012

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

“Investment in faster and more reliable wireless networks is great news for the citizens and businesses of Lexington,” said Lexington Mayor Jim Gray. “This is about improving connectivity and service for citizens, while continuing to develop Lexington’s infrastructure.”

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 The University of Kentucky’s Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington by completing the installation of a new Distributed Antenna System (DAS) to enhance the customer experience throughout the stadium.

AT&T invested more than $600 million in its Kentucky wireless and wireline networks from 2009 through 2011 with a focus on improving the company’s mobile Internet coverage and overall performance of its networks.

A DAS installation consists of multiple strategically-placed antennas that distribute AT&T’s wireless network coverage throughout Commonwealth 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, 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 home team, 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 Chris Percy, vice president and general manager of Mobility and Consumer Markets for AT&T Kentucky and Tennessee. AT&T. “We’re committed to our investment in the local wireless network, and providing enhanced wireless coverage at Commonwealth Stadium is just one way that we’re investing in Lexington.”

AT&T is an industry leader in deploying DAS solutions. DAS help address the exponential network traffic growth skyrocketing at large sporting venues. AT&T launched an expanded DAS at professional football’s 2012 championship game in Indianapolis. 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 additional capacity also is expected to help improve call reliability, boost data traffic capacity and enable more consistent network access to help customers make the most of their AT&T devices.

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.  AT&T’s HSPA+ network enables mobile Internet speeds up to four times faster than 3G technologies.**

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 Lexington 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.