LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* and Mobilitie have expanded coverage at Churchill Downs by upgrading the Distributed Antenna System (DAS). Those heading to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby May 6 can expect faster speeds and boosted reliability to share once-in-a-lifetime moments.
A DAS consists of multiple, strategically-placed antennas that distribute the AT&T wireless network coverage throughout Churchill Downs. These antennas manage heavy wireless traffic in the area. This brings better, more consistent wireless coverage to customers.
"We're committed to investing in our networks all across the Commonwealth. These enhancements at Churchill Downs are just one way we're investing in the Louisville area," said Hood Harris, president, AT&T Kentucky. "When our customers visit Churchill Downs, we want them to have a seamless network experience – whether they are making calls, checking email, downloading apps or surfing the internet."
Recent upgrades add over 20% more LTE capacity to the existing wireless network. This makes it easier than ever for AT&T customers to share exciting moments during the Derby weekend, from the opening of the gates to the thrill of the final horse race. This year marks the fifth year AT&T and Mobilitie have teamed up to improve coverage at Churchill Downs for the Derby.
"As mobile usage continues to climb, it's important for us to maximize network coverage at Churchill Downs," said Ryan Jordan, general manager, Churchill Downs Racetrack. "The Kentucky Derby is unlike any other major sporting event. And our company goal is to advance the guest experience. Our partnership with Mobilitie lets guests with smartphone service from participating carriers to maintain connectivity. They can also share their onsite experiences in near-real time."
"It's amazing to see how far we've come in terms of connectivity on Derby Day. I would like to thank our state and local officials for championing improvements to the regulatory environment that encourages these investments," said Kent Oyler, president and CEO, Greater Louisville, Inc.
"Churchill Downs continues to host the highest-attended sporting event of the year. Hundreds of thousands of visitors attend. Our long-term partnership with Churchill Downs allows us the opportunity to operate and maintain one of the largest and most advanced wireless networks in sports," said Christos Karmis, president, Mobilitie. It builds, owns and currently operates the neutral-host DAS network.
We constantly upgrade our wireless networks to broadcast the latest wireless technologies. Our network at Churchill Downs continues to support record data usage year after year.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
Mobilitie is the largest privately-held wireless infrastructure provider in the United States, helping people stay connected wherever they are. Mobilitie funds, installs, and operates indoor and outdoor neutral host DAS, Small Cell, and Wi-Fi networks, communication tower sites, as well as other infrastructure used by wireless carriers to enable high speed mobile communications. Mobilitie engineers wireless solutions at the largest and most complex venues across all major industries, including sports and entertainment, real estate, hospitality, education, healthcare, government, and transportation. The highest mobile data traffic ever recorded during an event was carried on a Mobilitie DAS network. Mobilitie also deployed and operates the world's largest Wi-Fi network. Our high density wireless infrastructure is designed to enable the richest and most interactive mobile experiences, including real-time video streaming, location based services, and other mobile applications. Mobilitie is headquartered in Newport Beach, California with regional offices across the United States. To learn more about our wireless coverage solutions, visit us at www.mobilitie.com.
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