AT&T enhances mobile internet coverage at UF Health

Students, faculty and staff at University of Florida Health can expect to experience enhanced mobile connectivity when using their wireless devices, helping them better navigate their way around campus, check class schedules and connect with others on the campus.

A Distributed Antenna System (DAS) installation consists of multiple strategically placed antennas that distribute AT&T’s wireless network coverage at University of Florida Health, providing for more efficient management of wireless capacity in heavily-trafficked areas. DAS has the ability to provide enhanced, consistent wireless coverage to customers in indoor or outdoor spaces where geographical limitations – terrain, building construction, etc. – or crowd density might otherwise prevent an optimal wireless experience.

These enhancements are part of AT&T’s plans to connect students through the Gainesville Campus. Last year AT&T deployed a DAS in the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and completed the first phase of the UF Health Shands DAS. This second phase extends coverage in the UF Health Shands Hospital; the UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital; the Communicore Building; the Health Professions, Nursing and Pharmacy Complex; the Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute of the University of Florida; the Biomedical Sciences Building; the Dental Science Building; the Stetson Medical Sciences Building; and the Academic Research Building.

The UF Health Shands DAS installation is part of AT&T’s Project Velocity IP (VIP), a multi-year plan to invest for growth, announced in 2012. Through this investment, AT&T is supporting its customers’ growing desire for high-quality, fast wireless and wired services. As part of Project VIP, AT&T is deploying small cell technology, macro cells and additional DAS, which will increase the density of our wireless network. The wireless network densification will further improve network quality and increase spectrum efficiency.

“We know college students and faculty 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 AT&T Florida President Joe York. “With initiatives like Project VIP, we’re continuing to investment in the wireless network, and providing enhanced wireless coverage at UF Health is just one way that we’re investing in Gainesville.”

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