Aggieland Receives Cell Coverage Boost

If you've ever been to an Aggie football game, then you know how hard it is to send or receive a call on your cell phone.

That should all change thanks to a multi-million dollar investment.

AT&T and Verizon Wireless are launching a Distributed Antenna System to enhance wireless coverage on the Texas A&M campus.

The system will allow better cell phone reception inside campus buildings, as well as at major event locations like Kyle Field and Reed Arena, which will allow Aggie fans to better communicate with family and friends on game days.

According to AT&T, network capacity on game days will be increased five times over what it has been once the DAS becomes fully operational on the AT&T network in Spring 2009.

Verizon Wireless says students and faculty will notice a difference in cell phone coverage at campus landmarks including the Southside Residence Halls, the Corps of Cadets Dorms, the Zachary Engineering Building, Evans Library and the Memorial Student Center, among others.

The project is costing AT&T $2.9 million, while Verizon Wireless is investing $2.5 million.

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