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AT&T Enhances Wireless Experience at Citizens Bank Park for Phillies Fans through Sports Tech

August 18, 2010


AT&T announced activation of a new antenna system in Citizens Bank Park. The new antenna system provides additional capacity to help enhance the wireless experience for Phillies fans.

The installation, known as Distributed Antenna System, or “ DAS,” includes several strategically placed antennas that distribute AT&T's (News - Alert) wireless network coverage throughout the stadium, providing for more efficient management of wireless capacity in heavily trafficked areas.

The additional capacity will improve call reliability, increase download speeds and enable more consistent network access to help customers make the most of their AT&T devices, company officials said.

Most of the Citizens Bank Park visitors are Phillies fans. The new service will provide them with an opportunity to share their experience when they are at the stadium, Dan Lafond, vice president and general manager for AT&T in Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware, said.

“Whether it's checking scores of other games, sending a text or a photo, tweeting, making a call or updating your Facebook (News - Alert) status about the game, our network investment provides a creative solution to enhance wireless coverage for our customers,” Lafond added.

AT&T, which says it is the provider of nation's fastest mobile broadband network, offers 3G mobile broadband network based on the 3rd Generation Partnership Project or “3GPP” family of technologies that includes GSM and UMTS.

The company has invested in Pennsylvania wireless and wireline networks more than $725 million during the period of 2007 through 2009.

Earlier this year AT&T announced it has upgraded its High-Speed Packet Access or “HSPA” 7.2 technology across cell sites nationwide. The company also plans to include another upgrade to HSPA+ technology at the end of this year followed by the initial deployment next year of LTE (News - Alert), the next-generation of wireless technology.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Ed Silverstein