July 8, 2011
Fans Stay Connected at D-Backs Games With Expanded Wireless Network and AT&T Wi-Fi
PHOENIX, July 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* and the Arizona Diamondbacks have expanded wireless and broadband connectivity at Chase Field with a new Distributed Antenna System (DAS) and AT&T Wi-Fi. The enhancements support the skyrocketing use of advanced wireless devices in the stands and will enrich baseball fans' wireless experience whether they are checking scores, updating social networking sites, or uploading photos to friends while cheering on their team.
Here's what's new:
- AT&T Wi-Fi is now available at D-Backs games at Chase Field as part of a new agreement with AT&T, an industry pioneer in Wi-Fi with the nation's largest Wi-Fi network.**
- Inside the venue, there are 287 access points to cover 48,633 seats, concession stands and concourse areas.
- Chase Field visitors with a Wi-Fi-enabled AT&T smartphone, tablet or device can easily connect to the AT&T Wi-Fi network without any setup or log in required, through an auto-authentication process.
"We want our customers to have a great network experience anywhere they go. Our alliance with the D-Backs at Chase Field has allowed us to build a robust combination of both the AT&T Wi-Fi and DAS systems to do just that," said Jennifer Biry, Arizona vice president and general manager, AT&T. "We're ready for the large home game crowds and the major events coming to Chase Field. AT&T is committed to investment in the local wireless network, and the new DAS at Chase Field is just one way that we're investing in Arizona."
A DAS installation consists of hundreds of strategically-placed antennas that distribute AT&T's wireless network coverage throughout Chase Field, 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 Arizona D-Backs fans at Chase Field make the most of their AT&T devices.
"The D-backs have been pioneers in the sports industry for the many ways we have enhanced the fan experience at Chase Field over the past five years," D-backs' President & CEO Derrick Hall said. "In addition to providing great customer service and affordable prices to attend a game, we believe enhancing the technological aspects of a fan's experience at Chase Field is a must. The AT&T Wi-Fi and DAS systems installed at our ballpark will allow fans to communicate better and also assist them in following the game on their smartphone or tablet devices."
AT&T 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. AT&T customers with a qualifying smartphone, 3G LaptopConnect, and high speed Internet plans 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 Phoenix 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.
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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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