Las Vegas Convention Center Announces Wi-Fi, Cellular Upgrades

Anyone who's ever tried to check their email or make a cellphone call inside the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) knows it's often a losing battle. That's about to change, however, thanks to a wave of technology upgrades, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), which yesterday announced improvements to the convention center's wireless infrastructure.

Over the last 18 months, LVCVA reported, the LVCC has increased the number of Wi-Fi access points in the facility from 166 to 2,100 to improve wireless data access. Now, it's collaborating with Cox Communications and InSite Wireless Group to build a new state-of-the-art distributed antenna system (DAS) to increase cellular network capacity and reliability for participating carriers inside the convention center.

"We've been deploying advanced technologies at the Las Vegas Convention Center for more than two years. Now, with the support of our partners at InSite, our neutral host DAS will help ensure wireless carriers can provide their customers faster service and improved coverage, enhancing the overall convention center experience for attendees and exhibitors," said Derrick Hill, vice president of Cox Communications' Cox Business and Hospitality Network in Las Vegas.

Scheduled for completion by the end of 2016, the DAS will launch supporting AT&T, Sprint, and a third, unnamed "major wireless carrier," whose customers will enjoy the latest 4G LTE technology facilitating better access to high-speed video streaming, HD voice, and video calling.

"The trade show floor becomes a mobile office for many of our attendees making reliable cellular service critical," said Terry Jicinsky, LVCVA senior vice president of operations.  "By upgrading the DAS, the Las Vegas Convention Center continues to enhance the customer experience."

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