OAKLAND, Calif., April 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Helping fans stay connected as part of their in-arena experience, the Golden State Warriors have brought a new Distributed Antenna System (DAS) and AT&T Wi-Fi to help ensure stadium attendees are able to stay connected to all of the action on and off the court at Oracle Arena. A new agreement with AT&T* supports the growing use of advanced wireless devices from fans, whether they are checking scores, updating their social networks, or sending photos to friends while cheering on their team.
Here's what's new:
- AT&T Wi-Fi and a new Distributed Antenna System (DAS) are now live at the arena for all events.
- Inside the venue, there are 185 access points to cover 20,000 seats, concession stands and concourse areas.
- Oracle Arena visitors with a Wi-Fi-enabled device have access to the AT&T Wi-Fi network, and fans using an AT&T smartphone can easily connect without any setup or log-in required, through an auto-authentication process.
"We're proud to be one of the few NBA facilities to offer free in-arena Wi-Fi to our fans," said Warriors' President & Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts. "Through this service, we hope to bring the excitement from the court to the fingertips of our customers and enhance their overall in-game experience. Our fans are now able to easily make phone calls on their devices, get in-game player stats, update their social networks with real-time game information and so much more. We believe the technological advancements that we have launched at Oracle Arena, combined with the premium content we can deliver, will truly offer our fans the best way to enjoy their game-night experience."
The DAS installation consists of hundreds of strategically-placed antennas that distribute AT&T's wireless network coverage throughout Oracle 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 fans of the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena make the most of their devices.
AT&T and Oracle Arena are bringing more AT&T Wi-Fi Network coverage to fans as Wi-Fi connections and usage grow in the Bay Area. Residents in the area have access to more than 900 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots in venues, such as sports stadiums, higher education campuses, hospitality locations, retail venues, and restaurants.
AT&T operates the nation's largest Wi-Fi network** with nearly 30,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots in the U.S. and access to nearly 225,000 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 wireless data plans.
*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.
**Largest based on company branded and operated hotspots. Access includes AT&T Wi-Fi Basics. A Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See www.attwifi.com for details and locations.
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