New distributed antenna system provides additional wireless capacity for customers
As part of its continuing network investment to support growing demand for advanced wireless devices and services, AT&T* today announced that it has expanded its mobile Internet coverage at Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport by completing the installation of a new Distributed Antenna System (DAS) to serve customers throughout the facility.
A DAS installation consists of several strategically-placed antennas that distribute AT&T’s wireless network coverage throughout the airport terminal, providing for more efficient management of wireless capacity in heavily trafficked areas. DAS has the ability to provide enhanced wireless coverage to customers in indoor or outdoor spaces where geographical limitations – terrain, building construction, etc. – or crowd density might otherwise prevent an optimal wireless experience. The additional capacity is expected to help improve call reliability and enable more consistent network access to help customers make the most of their AT&T devices.
“We want our customers to have a great network experience whatever they’re doing – whether that’s making a call, checking e-mail, downloading apps or surfing the Internet,” said Dave Fine, AT&T’s vice president and general manager for Wisconsin and Illinois. “We’re committed to our investment in the local wireless network, and providing enhanced wireless coverage at Mitchell International is just one way that we’re investing in Milwaukee.”
AT&T invested nearly $450 million in its Milwaukee area wireless and wireline networks from 2008 through 2011 with a focus on improving the company’s mobile broadband coverage and overall performance of its networks.
“AT&T has made it a priority to invest in places like Milwaukee because it is important for our customers to have access to the wireless technology they need to run their business or stay in touch with friends and family,” said Scott VanderSanden, AT&T Wisconsin president. “These network improvements at Mitchell Field are an example of our continued investment in Wisconsin’s economy.”
“Mitchell International is a major economic driver for Milwaukee County, bringing both business and tourism to the area,” said Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele. “We’re proud to offer lower airfares, affordable parking and overall convenience. Now thanks to these network enhancements, that experience also includes greater wireless connectivity for the nearly 10 million passengers who travel through the airport each year.”
AT&T is an industry leader in delivering the benefits of mobile Internet networks, devices and applications. With the nation’s fastest mobile Internet network, AT&T provides accelerated mobile data speeds and simultaneous voice and data capabilities for an amazing wireless voice and data experience.
AT&T’s mobile Internet network is based on the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) family of technologies that includes GSM and UMTS, the most widely used wireless network platforms in the world. AT&T has the best international coverage of any U.S. wireless provider, providing access to voice service in more than 225 countries and data service in more than 200 countries.
AT&T also operates the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network** with nearly 30,000 hotspots in the U.S. and provides access to nearly 225,000 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.
For more information about AT&T’s mobile Internet coverage in Milwaukee or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit an AT&T Coverage Viewer.