AT&T* is boosting network capacity at Percy Warner Park on Saturday, May 13, for the 76th annual Iroquois Steeplechase benefitting Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, to give customers a seamless network experience.
The Iroquois Steeplechase is a Nashville tradition, growing in popularity and scale, year after year. For the first time ever, the medical personnel, veterinarians and staffers behind the scenes on race day will have access to ultra-fast Internet speeds with AT&T Business Fiber. Personnel such as veterinarians and medical staff will be able to share high definition images in seconds on race day, when time is of the essence. These blazing fast Internet speeds are 20x faster than a typical connection.
“AT&T is investing in high-speed Internet all across Tennessee using the latest wired and wireless technologies, and this is another example of that investment,” said Joelle Phillips, president of AT&T Tennessee. "I am proud of the thousands of AT&T Tennessee employees who work every day to engineer, build and maintain the infrastructure that delivers high-speed Internet access, and we are pleased to participate again this year in support of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.”
The company has also deployed a temporary Mega COW, the equivalent of multiple cell sites, to accommodate expected increased wireless network demands from high concentrations of smartphone users on the Steeplechase grounds. The augmentations will help improve reliability and data speeds, bolstering voice and mobile high-speed Internet performance for the spectators who attend the Iroquois each year. We’ve also added more capacity to the Mega Cow to support rising mobile data traffic volumes, which have increased exponentially over the years with Steeplechasers.
“Our longtime relationship with AT&T has allowed us to make significant strides in improving the overall infrastructure and race day experience for all parties,” said Dwight Hall, Chairman of the Iroquois Steeplechase Race Committee. “From aiding the critical first responders and race personnel to enhancing our patrons’ rideshare capabilities to and from the grounds, the new availability of AT&T Business Fiber will strengthen both the production of our event and the experience of our spectators.”
AT&T network personnel will be on site at Percy Warner Park during the races, monitoring the wireless network to maximize its performance, keeping spectators connected. The enhancements are part of AT&T’s ongoing efforts to prepare for and provide the best possible mobile experience during special events like the Iroquois Steeplechase.
AT&T’s investment will help customers get the most out of their mobile devices. With 4G LTE service on the nation’s best data network2, customers will experience better network connectivity while streaming videos, sharing on social media or texting family and friends.
“We want our customers to have a great experience. They’ll be able to download, upload, stream and play games faster than ever before on our 4G LTE network,” said Kristi Turner, vice president and general manager, AT&T Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana. “AT&T’s network investment at the Iroquois Steeplechase will enable attendees to use their wireless devices to stay connected through texting, calling, and on social media platforms at blazing fast speeds.”
By building out our 4G LTE network, we are laying the foundation for our 5G Evolution, the next advance in network technologies. We are increasing network speeds and capacity, as we continue to expand the availability and capacity of our network using the latest technology.
AT&T has invested nearly $1.15 billion in our Tennessee wireless and wired networks during 2013-3015, driving a wide range of upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and performance for residents and business customers.
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2 Claim based on the Nielsen Certified Data Network Score. Score includes data reported by wireless consumers in the Nielsen Mobile Insights survey, network measurements from Nielsen Mobile Performance and Nielsen Drive Test Benchmarks for Q2+Q3 2016 across 121 markets.
5Available in select areas. 20x faster based on maximum download speed of AT&T Internet 1000 vs weighted average cable internet customers’ speed of major U.S. cable providers per the FCC 2015 Measuring Broadband America – Fixed Broadband Report. Actual speeds vary.
6Speed/Time examples are estimates.
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