Because the network is now tied to the building's antenna, it should work now at all home games, concerts and other events in the arena, AT&T said.
“These enhancement will allow basketball fans and others who attend events in Chesapeake Arena to share their experiences, inside and outside the arena, on their mobile devices,” said Bryan Gonterman, president of AT&T Oklahoma. “We want to enable the thousands of NBA fans and concertgoers to use their wireless devices to capture memories made and to share those memories on a global scale.”
What does it cost?
Wireless carriers pay about $24,000 annually to access the antenna, included in the $93.1 million in renovations at the city-owned arena completed last year. Carriers also pay a $6,000 startup fee.
AT&T began connecting some of its system to the antenna last year.
For the playoff games, AT&T also has increased its coverage outside the arena with the use of a Cell on Wheels, a mobile cellular tower parked a few blocks away.
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