CHARLOTTE, N.C. – AT&T was named the official wireless provider of the 2012 Charlotte Democratic National Convention in a press conference Wednesday morning.
The 2012 host committee joined Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and other city leaders to make the announcement.
" Whether it's fewer dropped calls, faster internet access, better wireless capability, people in charlotte are going to see the impacts of this for a long time, " says Mayor Foxx.
The company will enhance communication abilities for the convention this September, and those enhancements will stay for AT&T users locally after the event, like upgraded antenna systems and new cell towers.
"There's going to be 35,000 people so we have enhanced the network over 400 network upgrades to make sure we are ready when everybody comes to town," says Cynthia Marshall, AT&T North Carolina President.
The company said it has invested $1.3 billion in North Carolina since 2008 and will have 10 cell sites on wheels in Charlotte for the convention.
In April, Verizon Wireless announced it is upgrading its network strength in Charlotte before the DNC.
Verizon said it was repositioning antennas, increasing capacity and ensuring all towers are working at their highest level. The company also said it installed several smaller antennas around uptown and will be adding several mobile cell towers during the DNC where heavy traffic is expected.
Reporter Amy Cowman will have more on the announcement and what it means for Charlotte during the 4 p.m. newscast today.