Verizon, AT&T, Sprint upgrade wireless networks in Cleveland for Republican National Convention

Posted at 2:52 PM, Jun 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-17 08:21:08-04

Internet and cell phone providers are making upgrades to their networks ahead of the Republican National Convention. 

AT&T added 85 layers of frequency known as "carriers." 

The company also expanded the band of radio frequencies used on more than 70 towers—increasing speeds.

AT&T invested more than $325 million into Cleveland wireless and wired networks from 2013 to 2015. 

"Just four months ago, AT&T announced more than 45 upgrades were made to their wireless network in our area last year.  Now the number of improvements has climbed even higher,” said State Senator Tom Patton. “Keep in mind, they’ve not yet been able to really dig into all the network upgrades at the Arena yet, so there will be additional enhancements made. This is lasting change all of us in the Cleveland area will benefit from for years to come. I thank AT&T for their continuing investment in our community.”

Verizon doubled its network capacity in Cleveland with upgrades including new wireless Distributed Antenna Systems. Those systems will be installed where traffic will be most heavy—the Cleveland Convention Center and Hilton Cleveland Downtown hotel, the Ritz Carlton, Tower City Center, JACK Casino and other key areas like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. 

Sprint is also working to bolster its network. In order to enhance the network's performance, Sprint has added a new indoor wireless system at Quicken Loans Arena, a new indoor wireless system at the Cleveland Convention Center and a new outdoor wireless system downtown.