AmericasMart® Atlanta announced that it has partnered with Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network, 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, Inc.
“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.
AmericasMart Atlanta is the nation’s only global wholesale marketplace housing the world’s single-largest collection of home, gift, area rug and apparel merchandise. The largest of AmericasMart’s 14 annual Markets and shows, The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market and The Atlanta International Area Rug Market in January and July are the ignition switch for global retailing with buyers from every U.S. state and more than 90 countries discovering product in more than 1,400 showrooms and more than 2,500 temporary exhibiting companies. Located in downtown Atlanta, the AmericasMart complex contains more than seven million square feet of space. It’s a huge global stage on which manufacturers, designers and sales representatives unveil new lines, launch new designs and introduce new categories – all for the benefit of buyers seeking all that is fresh and first in the home, rug, gift and apparel arenas. For more information, visit www.AmericasMart.com
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves nearly 96 million retail customers, including 90.4 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 75,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia
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