Dployment of AT&T Wi-Fi, combined with 4G LTE Dristributed Antenna System, Provide Connected Experience for Miami Dolphins Fans
MIAMI GARDENS, FL, Oct. 17, 2013 – The Miami Dolphins have struck an agreement with AT&T* for new Wi-Fi and other mobile services, which have now been deployed at Sun Life Stadium to enhance the mobile experience for fans during games and events. The additional network capacity and new services support call reliability and better network access so fans can benefit from near real-time stats, social networking, venue information, and more.
As a result of the agreement with AT&T, the 75,000+ seat Sun Life Stadium now has more than 1,100 Wi-Fi access points throughout the venue. New mapping strategies have led to a racetrack-like Wi-Fi deployment where access points are strategically placed under seats and snaked through railings to bring fans closer to a connection than ever before. In addition, an AT&T Distributed Antenna System (DAS) at the stadium is providing service equivalent to 16 individual cells sites. That’s enough coverage to support the same mobile traffic as a town the size of Kendall or Miami Beach. The two complementing network systems will make Sun Life one of the most connected stadiums in the country.
“AT&T is a critical technology partner for the Miami Dolphins, supporting connectivity and coverage so we can offer fans a great network experience,” said Tery Howard, Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Miami Dolphins. “We have a commitment from ownership to create a stimulating and interactive environment at all of the events at Sun Life Stadium including football, soccer, and concerts. These technological upgrades will definitely increase the fan experience in a way that will be easily recognizable to everyone who enters our stadium.”
AT&T also improved cellular network service through the completed installation of a DAS in January. DAS technology helps improve the reliability of wireless service within a structure such as a stadium.
“We are bringing fast and reliable mobile services to venues across the country to help support growing demand among sports fans and event-goers for a connected mobile experience,” said Carlos Blanco-Sposito, VP & General Manager- South Florida, AT&T. “The Miami Dolphins demonstrate the importance of ensuring their fans have a truly exciting mobile experience at Sun Life Stadium by turning to us for these services.”
Our ongoing investment in our Florida wireless and wireline networks helps to ensure that Florida residents continue to enjoy an outstanding experience over the AT&T network, whether at home, at work or on the go. The great performance of AT&T’s fastest and most reliable 4G LTE network continues to be validated by independent third-party testing:
In addition, AT&T’s wireless network has been ranked 1st in a tie in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale market by RootMetrics®, an independent mobile analytics firm. AT&T most recently ranked 1st in a tie in RootMetrics RootScore® Combined Award in July for its overall wireless network performance. *****
Across Miami and Florida, AT&T’s 2013 investments have resulted in expansion and enhancement of our 4G LTE network, which provides ultra-fast speeds. AT&T 4G LTE is now available in Miami as well as Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tallahassee, Pensacola, and more. Nationwide, more than 240 million Americans have access to AT&T 4G LTE service. By year-end 2013, AT&T expects to cover nearly 270 million people with its 4G LTE network.
AT&T operates the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network****** including more than 32,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers, and provides access to more than 460,000 hotspots globally through roaming agreements.
For more information about AT&T’s coverage in Miami or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.