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American Airlines Center Works with AT&T and Aruba to Bestow More Free Wi-Fi APs to Upgrade Fans' Experience

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March 07, 2014

American Airlines Center Works with AT&T and Aruba to Bestow More Free Wi-Fi APs to Upgrade Fans' Experience

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By Daniel Brecht
Contributing Writer

Throughout the United States (and worldwide) are locations equipped with AT&T (News - Alert) Wi-Fi Hot Spots. At present, AT&T operates the nation's largest Wi-Fi network and provides access to nearly 1 million hotspots globally, as stated on the official website. The AT&T wireless mobility service—whether by email, chat, or otherwise—is in operation to enhance a user’s experience when connecting to the Internet on the go.


Among those Wi-Fi hot spots at public locations that offers complimentary AT&T access to the network for customers (to stay connected when away from home or the office) is one located at  the American Airlines Center, which is a multi-purpose arena, placed in Victory Park at 2500 Victory Avenue in Dallas, Texas. It serves as a premier sports and entertainment venue; it is also a gathering place with free AT&T Wi-Fi.

AT&T has been working with American Airlines Center (AAC) for some time now to mobilize everything for their customers, said Aaron Coleman, AVP, AT&T Wi-Fi Solutions. Lately, the American multinational telecommunications corporation, headquartered at Whitacre Tower in downtown Dallas, Texas, decided with the Center “to upgrade the fan experience and bring spectators closer to the action than ever before,” as disclosed in a Yahoo! Finance post on the subject, released on Tuesday of this week. The article tells of the launch of a new Wi-Fi network at the 21,000-plus seat facility with more than 315 new AT&T Wi-Fi access points (APs).

To make this happen, equipment and Mobility Controllers from Aruba will be utilized to unify all things mobility into a cohesive enterprise networking solution that delivers wireless access across the indoor facility while optimizing performance.

Aruba Networks (News - Alert), Inc. is a provider of next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise. This unified approach to bestow more access points will provide maximum wireless LAN coverage throughout the building, which will “provide everyone who walks through the doors of American Airlines Center with a once in a lifetime experience," said Lori Glasser-Seinera, Vice President, Corporate Sponsorship at American Airlines Center.

The following are key facts of what is (or has) taken place because of the upgrade:

  • AAC is now equipped with more than 315 AT&T Wi-Fi access points; as per the post, this allows fans to connect, share on social networks and engage with teams throughout the facility including the seat, concourse and concession stand areas.
  • The Wi-Fi service is complimentary; thus, meaning the Wi-Fi data usage does not count toward AT&T users’ monthly data plans.
  • AT&T customers with a Wi-Fi enabled AT&T smartphone or tablet can connect through an auto-authentication process to the Wi-Fi network - no setup or login required.
  • Fans with a compatible Wi-Fi enabled smartphone or tablet can easily connect to the AT&T network through a simple login.



Edited by Cassandra Tucker


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