LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- When Derby-goers head to Louisville for the highly-anticipated Kentucky Derby they can expect an enhanced AT&T* mobile experience as they share once-in-a-lifetime moments with friends and family. AT&T and Mobilitie have expanded coverage at Churchill Downs by upgrading the Distributed Antenna System (DAS) to improve the customer experience at the venue.
"We're committed to robust investments in our networks all across the Commonwealth, and our network enhancements at Churchill Downs is just one way that we're investing in the Louisville area." said Hood Harris, president, AT&T Kentucky. "When our customers attend Churchill Downs to take in the sights and sounds of the races, and socialize, we want them to enjoy our robust network that delivers high-speed connectivity – whether they are making calls, checking email, downloading apps or surfing the Internet."
AT&T and Mobilitie upgraded the antenna system at the venue to give customers a better mobile experience. Recent upgrades add more than 50% more LTE capacity to the existing wireless network at the venue for AT&T customers making it easier than ever for them to share exciting moments during the Derby weekend with friends and family, from the opening of the gates to the thrill of the final horse race at the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby. This year marks the fourth straight year AT&T and Mobilitie have teamed up to improve coverage at Churchill Downs.
"The Kentucky Derby is a social experience unlike any other major sporting event and our partnership with Mobilitie has allowed guests with smartphone service from participating carriers to maintain connectivity and share their onsite experiences in near-real time," said Ryan Jordan, General Manager of Churchill Downs Racetrack. "Mobile usage increases every year and it's important for us to maximize our network coverage as we seek to advance the guest experience at Churchill Downs."
"It's amazing to see how far we've come in terms of connectivity on Derby Day, and I would like to thank our state and local officials for championing improvements to the regulatory environment that ultimately encourage these types of investments," said Kent Oyler, president and CEO of Greater Louisville, Inc.
"Churchill Downs continues to host the highest-attended sporting event of the year with hundreds of thousands of visitors. 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 of Mobilitie, which built, owns and currently operates the neutral host DAS network. "Our network has continued to support record data traffic usage year after year; we look forward to providing yet another stellar wireless experience for the over 300,000 guests over the Derby Weekend this year, allowing them to share special moments with friends and family seamlessly and in near-real time."
A DAS installation consists of multiple strategically-placed antennas that distribute AT&T's wireless network coverage throughout Churchill Downs. These antennas manage the wireless capacity in heavily-trafficked areas, such as Churchill Downs. This brings better, more consistent wireless coverage to customers in indoor or outdoor spaces.
For more information about AT&T's coverage in the Louisville Area 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.
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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.