EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., March 25, 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 at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford by completing the installation of a new Distributed Antenna System (DAS) to serve customers throughout the facility.
The upgrade is part of a previously announced investment in New Jersey. "We've significantly ramped up our wireless investments to enable an experience that offers New Jersey consumers better speed, reliability and availability where they need it the most," said J. Michael Schweder, AT&T President New Jersey.
Soccer fans attending the U.S. Men's National Team match against Argentina on March 26 will be among the first to benefit from the upgrade. As the Official Communications Services Partner of Major League Soccer and U.S. Soccer, AT&T is proud to connect thousands of fans to the most popular sport in the world. Through our sponsorship, we're able to deliver exclusive content, access to games, and more to these fervent fans – whether it is through the PC, TV, wireless device or in person at New Meadowlands Stadium.
Wireless coverage and capacity has been enhanced throughout the stadium including:
- Seating and concession areas on all levels
- Coaches Club and Mezzanine Clubs
- 100 Luxury Suites
- Press Box and media areas
- Team clubhouses
- Service level for stadium employees.
Additionally outside of the stadium, AT&T has three cell sites that enhance coverage in the stadium's tailgating area, parking lots and along Routes 3 and 120 and at the New Jersey Transit "Frank R. Lautenberg" train station.
A DAS installation consists of several strategically-placed antennas that distribute AT&T's wireless network coverage throughout New Meadowlands Stadium, 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 in New Meadowland stadium – whether that's making a call, checking e-mail, downloading apps or surfing the Internet for the latest soccer standings," said Tom DeVito, Vice President and General Manager for AT&T in New Jersey and New York. "We're committed to our investment in the local wireless network, and providing enhanced wireless coverage at the stadium is part of our continuing investment in the region."
AT&T is an industry leader in delivering the benefits of mobile broadband networks, devices and applications. With the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T provides accelerated mobile data speeds and simultaneous voice and data capabilities for an amazing wireless voice and data experience.
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 best 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 135,000 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.
For more information about AT&T's mobile broadband coverage in New Jersey or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit http://www.wireless.att.com/coverageviewer. The online tool can measure the quality of coverage based on a street address, intersection, ZIP code or even a landmark.
For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit www.att.com/networknews.
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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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