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AT&T deploys five-beam multi-beam antenna in Columbia to cover college football games
[September 17, 2012]

AT&T deploys five-beam multi-beam antenna in Columbia to cover college football games

Sep 17, 2012 (M2 EQUITYBITES via COMTEX) -- US communications holding company AT&T (NYSE:T) said on Friday that it is deploying a five-beam multi-beam antenna on 15 September 2012 to improve its mobile Internet coverage for college football games in Columbia, South Carolina.

AT&T said that the antenna will be mounted atop a mobile cell on wheels, or COW, that will remain in place throughout the football season.

A five-beam multi-beam antenna is capable of providing as much as five times more network traffic capacity than a traditional, single-beam antenna, the company said adding that the antenna is designed to enhance AT&T's wireless network coverage throughout the stadium, providing for more efficient management of wireless capacity in heavily-trafficked areas, such as major athletic venues.

The company stated that two AT&T engineers developed the original concept for the five-beam multi-beam antenna, which involves using many narrow beams to divide the crowd into segments that can be more easily served. The five-beam multi-beam antenna helps address the exponential network traffic growth skyrocketing at large sporting venues.

The antenna is also expected to help improve call reliability, boost data traffic capacity and enable more consistent network access to help customers make the most of their AT&T devices.

Over the past five years, AT&T has reportedly invested over USD115bn into operations and into acquiring spectrum and other assets that have enhanced its wireless and wired networks.

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