AT&T unveils enhanced Wi-Fi for Bank of America Stadium

Bank of America Stadium has upgraded its Wi-Fi system to enhance the mobile experience for fans during games and events.

The 74,000+ seat venue is equipped with more than 645 Wi-Fi access points to provide more seamless Wi-Fi coverage throughout the venue. The new installation is a part of AT&T’s continuing network investment to support growing demand for advanced wireless devices and services.

“Panthers fans are increasingly sharing game time experiences from their wireless devices,” said Danny Morrison, president, Panthers.

“They’re uploading photos, posting videos, and surfing the web for in-game, real time updates. Wireless technology has enhanced how Panthers fans enjoy game day, and this Wi-Fi upgrade makes the digital interaction even more seamless,” added Morrison.

Panthers fans are taking advantage of the upgraded Wi-Fi system’s increased capacity. So far during the 2013 season, fans at Bank of America Stadium exchanged 1.9 million MB of data on the Wi-Fi system, 50 percent more than during the same timeframe last year. This is equivalent to approximately 3,900 hours of streaming HD video.

Through the first six home games of the Carolina Panthers 2013 season, cellular data on the in-stadium DAS has increased by more than 90 percent in comparison to the first six home games of the 2012 season.

“We are looking at things differently now. As connectivity in stadiums across the country becomes a rapidly growing priority we are deploying both Wi-Fi and DAS networks to support that need,” said Cristy Swink, vice president/general manager for Mobility and Consumer Markets in the Mid Atlantic, AT&T.

“The Carolina Panthers were looking to make that investment to provide Wi-Fi and enhanced coverage at Bank of America Stadium. It’s just one of the ways we’re investing in North Carolina,” added Swink.

AT&T Wi-Fi will be available throughout the bowl and concourses, so fans can now enjoy a fully engaged game day experience. With the boost in AT&T Wi-Fi connectivity fans can enjoy events even more with real-time stats, social networking and venue information.

AT&T also improved cellular network service through the completed installation of a Distributed Antenna System (DAS) in 2012. DAS technology helps improve the mobile Internet experience by shortening the distance a request must travel. The additional capacity also is expected to help improve call reliability, boost data traffic capacity, and enable more consistent network access to help customers make the most of their AT&T devices.

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