T-Mobile Boosts Capacity for Atlanta’s LTE Network Ahead of the Super Bowl


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T-Mobile expanded LTE network speed and coverage in Atlanta ahead of Super Bowl LIII, deploying small cells to permanently boost capacity by up to 8x at key locations. It boasted average download speeds of up to 42.26 Mbps and uploads of up to 13.84 Mbps.

“We’ve made sure our customers will have an incredible mobile experience on game day, whether they’re watching from the stands or across the city,” said T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray.

 “And at the same time, we’re making these permanent upgrades that will continue to serve Atlanta long beyond the Super Bowl, we’re also laying a foundation for 5G.”  

T-Mobile permanently increased network capacity and coverage where the biggest crowds are expected, including Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, key hotels throughout the city, along transit routes and at dozens of Super Bowl event venues like Cobb Galleria, Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia World Congress Center and State Farm Arena. The company also doubled LTE capacity at SunTrust Park and enhanced the network throughout midtown, downtown and around the stadium and tailgate areas so fans can stream, tweet, post and chat.

To enhance indoor coverage and speed at key venues throughout the city, T-Mobile deployed more than 300 small cells — most enabled with License Assisted Access (LAA), an LTE–Advanced technology that delivers more capacity and speed — and 20 new Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS). Mercedes-Benz Stadium was updated with the highest capacity DAS on T-Mobile’s network, with 50 percent more capacity than the next largest stadium, and the company’s first outdoor C-RAN system in the tailgating and events areas. C-RAN technology improves network performance in high traffic scenarios, and helps extend smartphone battery life, so fans can follow and share game day updates without needing to plug in.

While football fans in Atlanta take advantage of T-Mobile’s LTE network, they can visit the company’s Future of Wireless Truck, which will be parked at 302 Ted Turner Drive Northwest – a short walk from Centennial Olympic Park – from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Thursday, January 31, through Sunday, February 3.  Comments? Email Us.

January 17, 2019

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