Printed from http://www.electronista.com

AT&T bracing for iPhone data deluge at SXSW

updated 02:45 pm EST, Mon March 1, 2010

ATT adding multiple cell sites for Austin event

AT&T today explained how it plans to upgrade its Austin network to avoid the crush of data use that plagued the South by Southwest festival last year. The carrier in the past few weeks has added a distributed antenna system that provides roughly eight cell sites' worth of network load in and around the Austin Convention Center. Also, AT&T told GigaOM that it will roll out three temporary sites that will not only provide cellular connections but also Wi-Fi, which the iPhone and other AT&T smartphones can access for free.

More permanent, non-exclusive upgrades have been put in place and should include the same multiple virtual carriers that have been implemented in other traffic flashpoints, such as Manhattan. All of the long-term cell sites will have four times as much capacity as they did in 2009, and these will be supported by separate capacity for both the on-the-spot networks as well as the 850MHz updates that were rushed into place for the previous SXSW.

Many consider last year's music and technology festival a low point representative of AT&T's initial inability to cope with smartphone use on its network. Despite SXSW's role as a premier technology gathering, the provider claimed it had been caught off-guard by the sheer data load created by the then-current iPhone 3G and only partially alleviated the problems for the rest of the Texas conference. The complaints helped accelerate AT&T's overall data strategy and led to a still ongoing lift on bottlenecks in areas like New York City and the San Francisco Bay.



By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Cat B100

Cat is primarily known for its heavy-duty machinery used in the construction industry and farming, among other areas. What may not be ...

Linksys EA6900 AC Router

As 802.11ac networking begins to makes its way into more and more devices, you may find yourself considering an upgrade for your home ...

D-Link DIR-510L 802.11AC travel router

Having Internet access in hotels and other similar locations used to be a miasma of connectivity issues. If Wi-Fi was available, it wa ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News