INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – As more than 150,000 people converge on Indianapolis for football’s biggest game of the year, AT&T* has made a significant investment in permanent and temporary wireless network enhancements to support increased network traffic. Many of the network improvements are permanent additions that will continue to benefit Indianapolis-area residents and visitors after the big game.
AT&T has launched an AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Zone, the company’s seventh major-market hotzone, serving parts of downtown Indianapolis. The new hotzone will provide fast and reliable Wi-Fi near many popular locations along Capitol Avenue, Meridian and Pennsylvania Streets as well as East and West Georgia streets near the center of town, which consistently see high customer traffic and mobile data use. AT&T customers with high speed Internet, smartphone or LaptopConnect plans get unlimited access to AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Zones at no additional cost. From most AT&T smartphones and devices, customers will be able to automatically connect and switch seamlessly between AT&T’s Wi-Fi and wireless networks. Wi-Fi use doesn’t count toward customers’ smartphone data plans.
AT&T has also launched an expanded Distributed Antenna System (DAS) at Lucas Oil Stadium, which is among the largest of its kind in the U.S., enabling 4G LTE coverage within the stadium and carrying more traffic than 10 cell sites. In addition, AT&T has expanded its 4G LTE network to its DAS for media accommodations and has plans to enhance or install DAS systems in a number of other venues before the big game.
Further preparations for the big game include deploying nine Cells on Wheels (COWs) to support Lucas Oil Stadium, the downtown area, practice facilities and other places where large crowds are expected to accommodate increased wireless network demands from high concentrations of smartphone users. The company has also added capacity to nearly 200 cell sites throughout the Indianapolis market. The augmentations will help improve reliability and offer faster data speeds.
“This investment is about more than just one football game, it is about making Indianapolis a world class city for future economic growth,” said AT&T Indiana President George S. Fleetwood. “We look forward to a continued partnership in the years to come as we look for opportunities to enhance our customer experience and create jobs here.”