AT&T and Florida Atlantic University Team Up to Enhance Wireless Service on Boca Raton Campus
New Distributed Antenna Systems Will Provide Additional Wireless Capacity and Coverage on FAU campus; Project Part of AT&T’s Project VIP Investment Plan
BOCA RATON, Fla. (October 7, 2013) — As more than 30,000 students, faculty and staff at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) get into the swing of the new school year, they know that staying connected on their mobile devices on campus can be difficult.
As part of its continuing network investment to support growing demand for advanced wireless devices and services, AT&T* will be improving its mobile Internet coverage and capacity on the Boca Raton FAU campus through a multi-year, multi-million dollar installation of several new 4G LTE-capable Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS). A DAS installation consists of multiple strategically-placed antennas that will distribute AT&T’s wireless network coverage throughout FAU, providing for more efficient management of wireless capacity in heavily-trafficked areas.
AT&T plans to improve connectivity at FAU by installing DAS’ throughout the campus in separate phases. Phase one of the installation will begin in 2014 and is expected to cover academic buildings on campus, including the Innovation Village residence halls, S.E. Wimberly Library and the Student Union.
Once completed, AT&T will open the DAS’ to other wireless companies, providing improved coverage to all students, faculty, staff and visitors if their provider elects to join the DAS network.
The FAU DAS installation is part of AT&T’s Project Velocity IP (VIP), a three-year investment plan announced last fall to expand and enhance its IP broadband networks. Through this investment, AT&T is supporting its customers’ growing desire for high-speed Internet access and new mobile, app and cloud-based services. As part of Project VIP, AT&T plans to add more than 1,000 DAS nationwide by year-end 2015, as well as more than 10,000 macro cell sites, and deploy more than 40,000 small cells, to increase the density of its wireless network.
“We know college students, faculty and staff spend the majority of their time on campus, and we want to ensure a great network experience no matter what they’re doing―whether that’s making a call, checking email or surfing the Web,” said Carlos Blanco-Sposito, vice president/general manager for AT&T South Florida. “With projects like Project VIP, we’re committed to our investment in the local wireless network. Providing enhanced wireless coverage at FAU is just one way that we’re investing in Florida.”
“FAU is excited to partner with AT&T to provide the Distributed Antenna Systems at its Boca Raton campus,” said Jason Ball, associate vice president and chief information officer at FAU. “In addition to being essential communications devices for personal and public safety, mobile devices have become powerful tools for educational enrichment. They are providing access to interactive academic content both in and outside the classroom environment. We are committed to making that happen for all of the University’s students, faculty and staff.”
A DAS has the ability to provide enhanced, more consistent wireless coverage to customers in indoor and outdoor spaces where geographical limitations―terrain, building construction, etc.―or crowd density might otherwise prevent the optimal wireless experience. DAS technology helps lessen a customer’s delay when accessing the Internet on a mobile device by shortening the distance a request must travel. The additional capacity also is expected to help improve call reliability, boost data traffic capacity and enable more consistent network access on the FAU campus, helping students and faculty make the most of their mobile devices.
For more information about AT&T’s coverage in Boca Raton or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.
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About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.