What’s the news?
AT&T boosted its mobile internet coverage at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) with a new antenna system to give customers stronger connections.
Why is this important?
We know how important it is for our customers to stay connected. That’s why we’re upgrading our network using a Distributed Antenna System (DAS). A DAS is made of numerous, small antennas that distribute AT&T wireless network coverage to provide extra cellular capacity and shorten the distance a call or text must travel. Simply put—calls, texts and posts are less likely to get stuck in a data “traffic jam.”
This also helps IMS staff, pit crews, drivers and fans get the best possible experience over the AT&T network during the Indy 500. And it’s giving first responders on FirstNet – America’s public safety network – access to always-on, 24-hours-a-day priority and preemption across voice and data.
What is FirstNet?
FirstNet is the only nationwide, high-speed broadband communications platform dedicated to and purpose-built for America’s first responders and the extended public safety community. It is built with AT&T in public-private partnership with the federal government. The FirstNet network is providing public safety with truly dedicated coverage and capacity when they need it, unique benefits like always-on priority and preemption, and high-quality Band 14 spectrum. These advanced capabilities help fire, EMS, law enforcement save lives and protect communities.
Committed to our Networks: From 2017-2019, we invested more than $450 million in our wireless and wired networks in Indianapolis. These investments boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and their businesses.
What people are saying:
“This significant enhancement to IMS’ connectivity is perfectly timed as we again welcome the world to Indy for our most iconic event,” said Visit Indy Senior Vice President of Marketing & Communications Chris Gahl. “Visitors and fans will enjoy an even better experience in-and-around IMS, sharing their experience on social media and texting friends and family, all while boosting Indy’s brand. We appreciate and are thankful to AT&T for their investment in this historic facility and the ‘Greatest Spectacle in Racing.’”
“We’re working every day to keep our customers connected wherever they are, no matter what they’re doing – making a call, texting, or watching a video at the track.”Bill Soards — President, AT&T Indiana
“We’re working every day to keep our customers connected wherever they are, no matter what they’re doing – making a call, texting, or watching a video at the track,” said AT&T Indiana President Bill Soards. “We’re continuing to invest in our network so customers can enjoy their devices at home and when they’re out in the community. This has been particularly important this year, as our city and state gear up for post-pandemic activities.”
Where can I find more information? For more about the value FirstNet is bringing to public safety, check out FirstNet.com.