ATLANTA — AmericasMart Atlanta has partnered with Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation’s largest 4G LTE and 3G networks, to create a fully functional wireless communications environment spanning its entire facility of more than seven million square feet.
Installation is now complete on a Distributed Antenna System (DAS) that will deliver improved wireless coverage, capacity and data speeds for Verizon Wireless customers on every floor, in every showroom and exhibit hall across the three-building AmericasMart campus.
The installation has been completed in time for the January 2013 markets – The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market and The Atlanta International Area Rug Market featuring the National Oriental Rug Show (NORS). January market buyers and sellers should expect to experience Verizon Wireless service across the AmericasMart campus.
Additionally, Verizon Wireless products and services will be available for purchase onsite starting with the January 2013 markets.
The Verizon Wireless partnership achieves a major milestone in AmericasMart’s mission to create optimal business advantages for all customers, notes Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr., president and chief operating officer of parent company AMC.
“This takes us into a new universe of opportunities powered by technology innovations that will reshape how business is done,” Portman adds. “We are working on several opportunities to enhance the AmericasMart market experience, plus other new advancements to come, all resulting from this strategic technology investment,” Portman adds.
The DAS includes separate antenna locations mounted throughout the campus to boost network strength and capacity. In addition to ensuring calls are successfully connected, the DAS allows smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices to access the Internet, send text messages and quickly share photos and videos to social networking sites.
Coverage encompasses all AmericasMart and Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart spaces to deliver wireless transmission in all environments, including interior corridors, loading docks and areas shielded by marble and stone wall and floor construction.
Verizon Wireless customers at the Markets will gain the additional advantage of accessing the nation’s largest 4G network via a large variety of Verizon-powered devices. These attendees will be able to surf the Web, stream live music and video, and stay in touch with business associates at speeds up to 10 times faster than before. The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network offers more 4G LTE coverage than all other competitors’ networks combined.
“We are pleased to work with AmericasMart to deploy this type of DAS network, which will help ensure our customers have the best wireless experience on our 3G and 4G LTE networks when attending the January Markets and beyond,” says Jonathan LeCompte, president, Georgia/Alabama Region for Verizon Wireless.