LOUISVILLE, Ky., May 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- While Nyquist won the big race Saturday at Churchill Downs, there was clearly another big finish at the Kentucky Oaks and Derby.
The collective 291,816 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks attendees were able to easily share their most exciting Derby weekend moments on their mobile devices, thanks to a unique wireless network configuration called a Distributed Antenna System (DAS) installed throughout the facility by Mobilitie.
This year marks the fourth straight year AT&T and Mobilitie have teamed up to improve network coverage at Churchill Downs.
"AT&T is investing across Kentucky and we are committed to ensure our customers have a historic mobile moment at the Kentucky Derby, year after year," said Hood Harris, president, AT&T Kentucky. "When our customers take in the sights and sounds of the races, we want them to enjoy our robust network that delivers high-speed connectivity – whether they are making calls, checking email, taking pictures, or surfing the Internet."
The neutral-host DAS, installed by Mobilitie, increased 4G LTE coverage on AT&T's network compared to last year, making it easier for customers to upload photos, share experiences via social media, and chat real-time with friends.
Results showed total data volume at the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby races on AT&T's venue-specific wireless network at Churchill Downs at more than 11.4 Terabytes. That's equal to more than 32.8 million social media posts with photos. Data usage peaked from 6pm-7pm EDT, the hour of the Kentucky Derby post time, when more than 815 Gigabytes crossed AT&T's network, the most hourly data used on an AT&T venue-specific mobile network during a given event.
"Mobile connectivity is a critical component of any large-scale event today," said Christos Karmis, president of Mobilitie. "Churchill Downs hosts the highest-attended sporting event of the year with hundreds of thousands of visitors. Mobilitie's robust networks provide the needed wireless coverage and capacity to allow fans to share their special moments with family and friends in real-time."
"Our partnership with Mobilitie has allowed us to provide better mobile service and in turn a better experience for our guests," said Ryan Jordan, General Manager of Churchill Downs Racetrack. "It's important for us to maximize our network coverage as we look to enhance our guests' experience each time they visit the track."
The DAS system installed by Mobilitie for the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs is one of the largest in the country. With more than 290 antennas and over one million feet of fiber optic cable discretely installed throughout the venue, the event can handle the more than one hundred thousand racing fans who attend the running of Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby. Mobilitie's neutral host DAS also supports many other events that take place at the venue throughout the year.
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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.
About Churchill Downs Racetrack
Churchill Downs, the world's most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America's greatest race, the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands, continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated also operates Trackside at Churchill Downs, which offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs will conduct the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby on May 7, 2016. The track has hosted the Breeders' Cup World Championships a record eight times. Information about Churchill Downs can be found on the Internet at www.churchilldowns.com.
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