LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 3, 2018) — When fans head to Keeneland Race Course for the spring meet beginning April 6, their attention can focus solely on picking the winning horse rather than worrying about whether or not they’ll have a strong smart phone connection.
Verizon, which runs America’s largest and most reliable 4G LTE network, has invested in a permanent distributed antenna system at the race track, which will enhance network speeds, coverage and capacity.
Over the past few years, Verizon has used its “barnyard” of temporary assets to help cover the infield and grandstand. This has included a COW (cell on wheels), first used in support of the 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland, and even a SCOT (small cell on a truck). But given the crowds that show up year after year, along with the growing reliance on smartphones during the event, Verizon has made a permanent investment at the race track. The new system will result in faster speeds for Verizon customers as well as doubled network capacity – meaning more people being able to connect simultaneously to do what they want with their devices.
“When our fans come to the Keeneland, so much of their experience today revolves around the smartphone,” Keeneland Vice President and Chief Information Officer Brad Lovell said. “Whether it’s handicapping the races, sharing their experience with friends and family via the Keeneland Race Day App, or placing a bet with Keeneland Select, we’re confident they’ll be able to do it all without worry thanks to Verizon’s new antenna system.”
“Verizon customers have high expectations when it comes to their service and we know we’ll meet and likely exceed those expectations when it comes to the experience at Keeneland,” said Steve Van Dinter, public relations manager for the Verizon Great Lakes Market.
Verizon’s 4G LTE network covers more than 2.4 million square miles and 322 million people. Since 2000, it has invested more than $111 billion in its network.