AT&T boosts wi-fi and mobile network coverage at the University of California, Berkeley

Lauren Williams's picture
Thursday, November 14, 2013

Students and faculty at the University of California, Berkeley now have access to improved AT&T Wi-Fi and mobile coverage across campus, including student residence halls, academic and administrative buildings.

The new Wi-Fi service allows on-campus wireless users to:

  • Surf the web on smartphones and tablets, even in the hallway waiting for class to start
  • Enjoy enhanced coverage on the campus-wide Air-Bears Wi-Fi system
  • Easily connect smartphones and tablets without using their monthly data plans

“The University of California, Berkeley is a leader when it comes to integrating mobile technology to enhance the student experience,” said Chris Roy, AT&T Vice President - Government and Education. “AT&T is excited to enhance the mobile experience for students, faculty and alumni when they are on the UC Berkeley campus.”

The expanded Wi-Fi service will benefit the entire UC Berkeley community including visitors.

“Learning doesn’t happen in one place, it happens everywhere,” said Michael Green, UC Berkeley’s Director of Telecommunications. “As a result of the expanded coverage, students will now have information at their fingertips across campus, enabling them to share ideas and resources with one another immediately.”

To provide additional mobile capacity on campus, AT&T has installed a new Distributed Antenna System (DAS) as part of its three-year Velocity IP initiative. DAS uses antennas that are tuned to precisely match the area of a building where boosted service is needed. This technology improves call reliability, increases data traffic capacity and enables more consistent network access on campus. The DAS system will give students and faculty mobile connections when using their smartphones and tablets at Griffiths Hall and Etcheverry Hall.

“We have a long history of supporting higher education as well as providing services and products to help colleges and universities improve productivity both in and out of the classroom. Projects range from support of STEM scholarship programs and science/math focused summer camps for at-risk youth to hands-on technology labs and elite robotics competitions at the nation's leading universities - with nearly $87 million given to support STEM initiatives since 1995,” said Terry Stenzel, AT&T Vice-President and General Manager of Northern California and Northern Nevada.

AT&T has also enhanced the customer experience at Memorial Stadium by deploying COWs (Cellular on Wheels). These mobile cell sites include a cellular tower and electronic radio receivers to help boost network capacity and performance. Football fans will enjoy better wireless coverage throughout the stadium on game days.

“Students no longer have to run to the rooftop to make a call,” said Skyler Rojas, UC Berkeley’s Co-Chair of the Student Technology Council. “Thanks to the network investment in our campus, we are now able to connect no matter what we are doing – whether that is cheering on the Cal Bears at Memorial Stadium or studying for finals at Griffiths Hall.”

AT&T's Outstanding Network

AT&T has the nation’s fastest and most reliable 4G LTE network according to independent third-party data. And AT&T’s network performance continues to be validated by independent third-party testing:

Our 4G LTE service was recognized as having faster average download and upload speeds than any of our competitors in PCWorld/TechHive’s most recent 20-market speed tests – the second consecutive year that AT&T has ranked 1st overall. PCWorld/TechHive also ranked AT&T’s as the fastest combination of 3G and 4G services in the 20 cities it tested. And AT&T was named America’s fastest 4G LTE network in PC Magazine’s 2013 Fastest Mobile Networks 30-market study – and also swept the top rankings in all six U.S. regions from coast to coast: Northeast, Southeast, North-Central, South-Central, Northwest and Southwest.

In addition, RootMetrics® has awarded AT&T for strongest overall call, text, and data performance in multiple markets in the most recent 2013 testing.

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