by Sarah J.F. Braley | April 24, 2017
WiFi capabilities at the Charlotte Convention Center in North Carolina have been upgraded significantly, part one of a two-phase investment to improve the venue's interconnectivity. The boosted bandwidth expands complimentary access for attendees into the facility's meeting rooms and ballrooms; previously it was only available in public areas. In partnership with Smart City networks, the facility also has tripled the available upload download speeds throughout.
 
According to Tom Murray, CEO of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, "The CRVA is committed to creating a convention experience that is best in class at the Charlotte Convention Center. Fast and readily available digital access is something that both planners and attendees are looking for, and we're confident our venue meets those needs. Our team will continue to actively evaluate the next generation of digital needs to provide the best service for those who visit us here in Charlotte."
 
The convention center offers 280,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, as well as 126,500 square feet of meeting space, including 37 meeting rooms, the 35,000-square-foot Richardson Ballroom and the 40,000-square-foot Crown Ballroom. 

Phase two of the project, not yet underway, will update the existing fiber network, increasing upload and download speeds and developing a high-density (HD) network to accommodate a larger number of users simultaneously. Other recent technology upgrades at the Charlotte Convention Center have included new operable walls and LED lighting in the exhibit halls.