AT&T and Boingo Wireless Boost Event Day Mobile Internet Coverage at Soldier Field
Upgraded 4G LTE Network Technology Gives Customers More Reliable Wireless Connections
When a big play happens this season at Soldier Field, fans can enjoy stronger connections as they share the moment with friends and family.
AT&T* and Boingo Wireless have boosted mobile Internet coverage at Soldier Field by upgrading the Distributed Antenna System (DAS) to give customers a better wireless experience before, during and after the game. The companies co-designed a new neutral host “oDAS,” or outdoor DAS network, to provide comprehensive coverage for all aspects of the fan experience, from tailgating to pre- and post-game events and festivals in the stadium campus and parking areas.
“When our customers head out to the stadium to cheer on their favorite team, we want them to have a great network experience throughout the game no matter what they’re doing – making a call, sharing pictures on social media, downloading apps or surfing the Internet,” said Paul La Schiazza, President, AT&T Illinois. “We’re continuing to invest in our wireless network to help customers at Soldier Field stay connected from end zone to end zone.”
“As one of the leading providers of connectivity at sports and entertainment venues, we understand that the game day experience starts outside the stadium, the minute fans arrive to ‘pre-game’ with their friends,” said Boingo President Nick Hulse. “We designed the new outdoor DAS network with AT&T at Soldier Field to provide comprehensive coverage from the moment fans park their cars to the post-game celebrations on the stadium campus. Our neutral host network approach ensures that all fans can enjoy fast, reliable connectivity. We’re proud to continually improve the connected experience at the stadium in partnership with SMG.”
The network upgrade consists of strategically placed antennas that distribute wireless coverage throughout the Soldier Field campus. It will provide stronger, more consistent wireless coverage to customers, so they don’t have to worry about their service getting stuck in a traffic jam of other people’s calls, texts and posts.
“Soldier Field is one of the most iconic venues in the United States, with over 200 events hosted annually. Our state-of-the-art wireless networks keep us on the cutting edge of stadium technology, and ensure that our fans can send videos and photos, chat with friends and check scores with ease. We’re pleased with the continued investment that Boingo and our carrier collaborators are making at Soldier Field,” said Luca Serra, Director of Sponsorship & Media at Soldier Field (SMG).
AT&T and Boingo continue to invest in the Soldier Field DAS network to give customers the high-quality services they need to stay connected. Both companies are also adding the latest network technology, such as small cells, to ensure customers have wireless service where they need it most.
DAS technology helps improve customers’ wireless service by shortening the distance a request must travel. It’s also expected to help improve call reliability and mobile Internet access to help customers make the most of their AT&T devices.
These investments help to ensure that Illinois residents get the best possible experience over the AT&T network, whether at home, at work or on the go. AT&T’s network has the nation’s strongest LTE signal, ** and AT&T also has the nation’s most reliable LTE network. ***
Over the past six years (2009-2014), AT&T invested more than $140 billion including investments in its wireless and wireline networks, acquisitions of wireless spectrum and operations. Since 2009, AT&T has invested more in the United States than any other public company. In a September 2014 report, the Progressive Policy Institute ranked AT&T No. 1 on its list of U.S. “Investment Heroes.”
For more information about AT&T’s coverage in Chicago or anywhere in the U.S., visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.
Boingo is a leading provider of small cell and Wi-Fi networks at major league stadiums, large universities and airports, including Philips Arena, University of Arizona’s Arizona Stadium, Pinnacle Bank Arena and more than 60 airports across the globe. For more information about Boingo’s sports and entertainment network solutions, please visit http://www.boingo.com/business-services/
*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.
** Claim based on average LTE signal strength for national carriers.
*** Claim based on analysis of independent third party data re national carriers’ 4G LTE. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. 4G LTE not available everywhere.
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Signal strength and reliability claims based on nationwide carriers’ 4G LTE. Signal strength claim based ONLY on avg. 4G LTE signal strength. 4G LTE not available everywhere.
*Global coverage claim based on offering discounted voice and data roaming; LTE roaming; voice roaming; and world-capable smartphone and tablets in more countries than any other U.S. based carrier
About Boingo Wireless
Boingo Wireless, Inc. (NASDAQ: WIFI) helps the world stay connected. Our vast footprint of small cell networks cover more than a million DAS and Wi-Fi locations and reaches more than 1 billion consumers annually – in places as varied as airports, stadiums, universities, and military bases. For more information about the Boingo story, visit www.boingo.com.
Boingo, Boingo Wireless, the Boingo Wireless Logo and Don’t Just Go. Boingo are registered trademarks of Boingo Wireless, Inc. All other trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.
Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 220 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theatres, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 14 million square feet (1.4 million square meters) of exhibition space and more than 1.75 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services
for such landmark facilities as the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, McCormick Place & Solider Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston's Reliant Park and the Louisiana Superdome. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering company SAVOR, currently serving more than 100 accounts worldwide. For more information visit www.smgworld.com.
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