Partnership Marks AT&T As Official Wireless Provider Of Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena
/ Nashville Predators
- AT&T building most advanced mobile broadband experience in Nashville area at Bridgestone Arena-
Nashville Tenn. (March 29, 2011) – The Nashville Predators and AT&T today announced a partnership that names AT&T the official wireless provider of the Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena.
Building on its strong 2010 record of network accomplishments AT&T has also announced network improvement plans designed to enable 4G speeds and enhanced reliability to Nashville and surrounding communities in 2011, including installing a distributed antenna system (DAS) in Bridgestone Arena, home of the Nashville Predators.
“Distributed antenna systems consolidate all the wireless connections a building will need – such as cellular, emergency bands and Wi-Fi – into a few centralized locations and then route the signals from those connections through a single wireless antenna infrastructure that is deployed throughout the building,” AT&T Tennessee State President Gregg Morton said. “Now, with both DAS and Wi-Fi systems in place, Bridgestone Arena will boast one of the most technically advanced infrastructures in the country.”
AT&T has invested more than $550 million in its Nashville and surrounding communities wireless and wireline network from 2008 through 2010 as part of its commitment to superior service in the area.
Through this partnership, AT&T will serve as the exclusive wireless provider of the Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena, and additionally, AT&T has enhanced the amount of wireless voice and data traffic that the network is able to handle at large capacity gatherings, such as NHL and NCAA games, where demand on the network is at its peak.
“This new partnership with Fortune 500 Company AT&T means Bridgestone Arena guests can better communicate using their smart phones no matter where they are on game or event days,” said Nashville Predators Chief Executive Officer Jeff Cogen. “This significant network upgrade is especially important to attracting both locals and visitors to Bridgestone Arena, while helping the city of Nashville, the Preds and Arena stay connected.”
The investments made in the Nashville area wireless and wireline network are part of the nearly $1.2 billion AT&T invested from 2008-2010 across Tennessee.
“We’re investing in our Nashville area network to help AT&T customers take advantage of the numerous capabilities of their wireless devices,” Morton said. “This year, we’re committed to providing best-in-class wireless voice service to our customers, and we’re backing that up with the right investments.”