AT&T prepares for Friday’s presidential inauguration

AT&T prepares for Friday's presidential inauguration.

AT&T prepares for Friday's presidential inauguration.

BEDMINSTER - Friday's presidential inauguration is certain to put plenty of demand on smartphones from those wanting to stream live video, text and use social media, and AT&T is prepared.

The company has been preparing for the event for two years.

Nearly $15 million was invested in preparing for inauguration day, while more than quintupling network capacity in Washington, D.C.

Much of the capacity usage will be monitored from the Global Operations Center in Bedminster, with teams ready to respond if issues arise. 

"We have 20 cell tower sites in the vicinity of the mall, every one of them was upgraded so even after the inauguration we're going to have much more capacity in that part of the city, in addition we installed seven temporary cell sites, these are cell sites that are on trucks that can be moved around," says Steve Moser, with AT&T global network operations.

AT&T used both the inauguration of President Obama eight years ago and the MetLife Stadium Super Bowl as guides in preparing.

The company will now have more capacity in the National Mall area in Washington, D.C. than anywhere else in the country.

Editor's Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated AT&T was based in Bedminster. The company is based out of Dallas, Texas.

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