Ok, I realize I’m using a tagline from one company for another, but AT&T Wireless customers are about to get more bars in more places. The company announced today that they just completed a new distributed antenna system inside the arena that should improve wireless service. From the press release:
WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — As part of its continuing network investment to support growing demand for advanced wireless devices and services, AT&T* today announced that it has expanded its mobile broadband coverage in the heart of Washington D.C.’s sports, entertainment and night life mecca by completing the installation of a new Distributed Antenna System (DAS) to serve customers throughout a well-known sports and events arena in Chinatown.
A DAS installation consists of several strategically-placed antennas that distribute AT&T’s wireless network coverage throughout the arena, providing for more efficient management of wireless capacity in heavily-trafficked areas. DAS has the ability to provide enhanced wireless coverage to customers in indoor or outdoor spaces where geographical limitations – terrain, building construction, etc. – or crowd density might otherwise prevent an optimal wireless experience. The additional capacity is expected to help improve call reliability and enable more consistent network access to help customers make the most of their AT&T devices.
“We want our customers to have a great network experience whatever they’re doing – whether that’s making a call, sending a photo, checking e-mail, downloading apps, surfing the Internet or just cheering on the team this hockey season,” said Rob Forsyth, vice president and general manager for AT&T in the greater Washington/Baltimore area. “We’re committed to our investment in the local wireless network, and providing enhanced wireless coverage at major sports and entertainment venues is just one way that we’re investing in Washington, DC.”
Did anyone notice any difference last night? If not, perhaps you will on Saturday.
Thanks to OFB reader Audrey for the heads up.