US telecoms company AT&T has agreed a deal to become a founding partner of the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
AT&T will now serve as the official communications provider at the venue, in the US state of Georgia, which is due to open next month, and provide a range of telecoms services.
The company will deliver two redundant 40GB internet connections to power 1,800 wireless access points throughout the facility, in a move that it said will create “one of the fastest Wi-Fi experiences in any pro sports stadium”.
AT&T will also provide monitoring and maintenance for the stadium’s Wi-Fi system, while the firm’s DIRECTV will connect to the venue’s IPTV system and deliver high-definition video content to over 2,000 displays around the facility.
In addition, AT&T will lend its name to the ‘AT&T Perch’, a permanent interactive gathering spot that will feature a digital media column with a number of screens, allowing fans to watch various sports programming and other content.
Jared Miller, senior vice-president for analytics and technology and chief digital officer at AMB Sports and Entertainment, owner of the new stadium, said: “AT&T offers outstanding communications capabilities and is a natural fit for the progressive technology throughout the stadium.”
Once open, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium will become the new home of NFL American football franchise the Atlanta Falcons, as well as Major League Soccer team Atlanta United.
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