T-Mobile Deploys LAA, LTE-A-based Small Cells, DAS and C-RAN in Atlanta Ahead of Super Bowl LIII

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T-Mobile Deploys LAA, LTE-A-based Small Cells, DAS and C-RAN in Atlanta Ahead of Super Bowl LIII Image Credit: T-Mobile

T-Mobile announced that it has expanded LTE network speed and coverage in Atlanta ahead of Super Bowl LIII, permanently boosting capacity by up to 8x at key locations.

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 Operator 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 all they want.  

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% more capacity than the next largest stadium, and the Operator’s first outdoor C-RAN system in the tailgating and events areas. C-RAN technology improves network performance in high traffic scenarios, and even helps extend smartphone battery life, so fans can follow and share game day updates without needing to plug in.

Neville Ray, CTO, T-Mobile
T-Mobile was already fastest in Atlanta, and now T-Mobile customers get even more speed and better coverage than before. 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. 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.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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