LAA and DAS: T-Mobile Boosts Capacity for Atlanta’s LTE Network Up To 8x

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Are you ready for some football? No matter who you’re rooting for, if you’re on Team Un-carrier, you win. T-Mobile has expanded LTE network speed and coverage in Atlanta ahead of Super Bowl LIII, permanently boosting capacity by up to 8x at key locations.

And T-Mobile customers already had access to the fastest LTE network in the Atlanta metro area!

“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,” said Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer at T-Mobile. “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 Un-carrier 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 Un-carrier’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.

While football fans in Atlanta take advantage of T-Mobile’s kick-ass LTE network, they’re invited to see what the future of wireless has to offer as well. T-Mobile’s Future of Wireless Truck will be parked at 302 Ted Turner Drive Northwest – just a short walk from Centennial Olympic Park – from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET Thursday, January 31 through Sunday, February 3. Packed full of real world demonstrations and hands-on interactive experiences, the Future of Wireless Truck brings technology like 5G and supercharged IoT to life.