AT&T Improving Wireless Broadband at Statehouse Convention Center, Robinson

AT&T Inc. said Wednesday that it has optimized special broadband systems at two downtown Little Rock venues, the Statehouse Convention Center and Robinson Center.

The enhancements, called Distributed Antenna Systems, consist of strategically placed antennas that filter wireless network coverage through the convention venues, providing more efficient management of wireless capacity in highly trafficked areas.

A DAS can serve areas where geographical limitations or crowd density would otherwise prevent optimal connections, the company said.

"With thousands of annual attendees, most of whom want full use of their mobile phones and laptops, even if they are in a conference room that is below ground, the DAS will help our visitors to enjoy a faster, more reliable wireless connection in situations where service would be difficult to provide," Gretchen Hall, president and CEO of Little Rock's Convention & Visitors Bureau, said in a news release. "This is one more competitive advantage we now have in our convention center."

AT&T also said it is upgrading several downtown Little Rock cell sites.

The telecommunications giant previously installed DAS at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville and at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.