BALTIMORE, May 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- When thoroughbreds take to the horse track on May 21, there will be COWs among them. AT&T* today announced it has set up two Cell on Wheels (COWs) to beef up its wireless network for crowds attending the signature springtime event. The mobile cell sites, one located in the Infield and the other at a southern parking lot area, will provide additional wireless coverage and capacity throughout Pimlico Race Course.
"Thousands of people turn out for Preakness Stakes each year, and as part of the Baltimore community we want our customers to have a great network experience," said J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Mid-Atlantic. "These mobile cell sites will help us accomplish that."
In addition to network preparations for Preakness Stakes, AT&T recently activated a new cell site in Baltimore's Federal Hill neighborhood. In March, AT&T announced its Baltimore metro area 2011 network plans, which include adding spectrum carriers to around 300 cell sites to support more traffic as well as installing approximately nine new cell sites to improve network coverage.
"This is a nationally and locally renowned occasion, and people attending want to be able to share the experience – whether it's through a voice call, text message, e-mail or picture messaging," said Rob Forsyth, vice president and general manager for Maryland, Washington, D.C., and northern Virginia. "Our network team has been working to ensure that we're delivering the best possible wireless experience for customers while they're taking part in event activities."
AT&T's mobile broadband network is based on the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) family of technologies that includes GSM and UMTS, the most widely used wireless network platforms in the world. AT&T has the broadest international coverage of any U.S. wireless provider, providing access to voice service in more than 220 countries and data service in more than 200 countries. AT&T also offers voice and data roaming coverage on more than 135 major cruise ships, as well as mobile broadband services in more than 130 countries.
AT&T also operates the nation's largest Wi-Fi network** with more than 24,000 hotspots in the U.S. and provides access to more than 125,000 hotspots globally through roaming agreements. 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 data plans.
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** Largest based on company branded and operated hotspots. Access includes AT&T Wi-Fi Basic. A Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See www.attwifi.com for details and locations.
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