UC Berkeley’s Mobile Student Body to Benefit from Enhanced AT&T Wi-Fi Access
BERKELEY, Calif., Dec. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — In the coming semesters, Berkeley won’t have students tied to their dorm rooms or libraries before finals to access the latest chapter guide or practice test online. Students will experience more freedom studying around the 178-acre campus with expanded Wi-Fi and network coverage from AT&T*.
With smartphones and tablets mobilizing the college experience, UC Berkeley, one of the world’s premier public universities, and AT&T are working together to provide students, faculty and visitors greater leisure to connect to resources from their favorite study spot.
What’s new and coming:
- AT&T will expand and upgrade voice and data coverage in over 80 buildings and place additional Wi-Fi hotspots on campus and in surrounding areas.
- AT&T is improving its mobile broadband network on campus to enable additional coverage and capacity.
- Upgrades have been completed inside the Haas School of Business and the School of Law, with network improvements at the Student Athlete High Performance Center underway.
“Improving our wireless network and extending mobile services within our buildings can be challenging initiatives, especially at a time when the campus has fewer resources,” said Michael Mundrane, Deputy Chief Information Officer at UC Berkeley. “This unified effort is an example of what can be accomplished when institutions of higher learning collaborate with companies like AT&T to address students’ needs.”
Wireless network improvements have already begun, with upgrades complete inside UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and School of Law, and currently underway in the Student-Athlete High Performance Center. These upgrades are expected to be complete across campus in 2013. Faculty, students and staff can track the progress online at http://ist.berkeley.edu/att.
As the university’s primary mobile service provider, users with qualifying AT&T smartphones and high-speed internet plans can access AT&T Wi-Fi for free. AT&T Wi-Fi users will have access to the company’s technical and maintenance support, ensuring a quality experience while on campus.
AT&T and UC Berkeley are bringing more AT&T Wi-Fi Network coverage to students as Wi-Fi connections and usage grow in the San Francisco Bay area. In the third quarter of 2011, consumers made more than 28.9 million connections to AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots in the San Francisco Bay area and residents of the area have access to more than 860 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots in venues, such as higher education campuses, hospitality locations, retail venues, stadiums and restaurants. AT&T operates the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network** with more than 29,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots in the U.S. and access to 190,000 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 Basic. A Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See www.attwifi.com for details and locations.
About University of California, Berkeley
The University of California, Berkeley, is the world’s premier public university and the flagship of the 10-campus University of California system. A wellspring of innovation, UC Berkeley claims 21 Nobel Laureates, eight of whom are current faculty members. The campus is home to more than 130 academic departments and more than 80 interdisciplinary research units.
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