Barrett-Jackson Names Airband Exclusive Provider of Wireless Broadband at Fourth Consecutive Scottsdale Auction
Airband's fixed-wireless network to deliver 80 MB of secure bandwidth to car enthusiasts, online bidders
DALLAS and SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Jan. 16, 2013 – Airband Communications, the largest fixed-wireless voice and data provider for businesses in the U.S., has been selected as the exclusive wireless Internet provider for the 42nd Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction at WestWorld in Scottsdale from Jan. 13-20, 2013. Airband's fixed-wireless network gives Barrett-Jackson highly scalable Internet access, which enables live interaction for Barrett-Jackson's bidders and global fan base. This marks the fourth consecutive year that Airband has partnered with Barrett-Jackson at the company's flagship Scottsdale auction.
With more than 250,000 visitors and millions of car enthusiasts who follow the auction online, demand for Internet-enabled communications at Barrett-Jackson auction events has skyrocketed. Airband has increased the bandwidth to Barrett-Jackson as the Scottsdale event has grown, and it currently provides total bandwidth of 80 MB. Barrett-Jackson also leverages Airband's fixed-wireless network to support unlimited, free Wi-Fi access in its social media area so that attendees can use their phones and mobile devices to interact and share their auction experience via the Web and social media outlets, such as Twitter and Facebook.
As one of the world's most widely attended automobile auction events offering one-of-a-kind collector cars, Barrett-Jackson requires 100 percent uptime and reliable Internet access to help manage its social media channels, automotive catalog, online bidding, and live video streaming. Barrett-Jackson expects more than 1,000 cars to go to auction this year in Scottsdale.
"With the caliber of vehicles crossing our auction block this year, I believe this could be the greatest selection of cars ever sold at one auction in history, so we need reliable Internet-enabled communications so bidders around the world can participate in this fantastic event," said Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson. "We are pleased to once again partner with Airband because we trust their reliable network infrastructure to give buyers and fans an unforgettable experience by ensuring real-time access to our live auction events."
Fixed-wireless Internet access offers an affordable and scalable alternative to traditional wireline options, and Airband's highly flexible data services allow businesses, such as hospitality venues and convention centers, to quickly adjust bandwidth without having to install new technology or change existing infrastructures. In addition, Airband's network gives large events, like Barrett-Jackson auctions, and conference centers the added flexibility to make bandwidth changes easily and quickly, based upon the amount of data usage and event attendance.
"Airband is pleased to extend its relationship with Barrett-Jackson, and we are proud to help create a unique and exciting online environment for collector car aficionados," said Matt Clark, general manager of Airband's western region. "Because Airband bypasses the local phone and cable infrastructures, we can guarantee 100 percent uptime while delivering services at a cost performance level that is unmatched in the industry."
Airband serves 17 markets across the U.S., including Atlanta; Austin; Baltimore; Dallas; Fort Lauderdale; Fort Worth; Houston; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Miami; Orange County, Calif.; Orlando; Philadelphia; Phoenix; San Antonio; San Diego and Washington, D.C.
About Barrett-Jackson Auction Company
Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Barrett-Jackson specializes in providing products and services to classic and collector car owners, astute collectors and automotive enthusiasts around the world. The company produces "The World's Greatest Collector Car Auctions™" in Scottsdale, Ariz., Palm Beach, Fla., Las Vegas, Nev. and Orange County, Calif. Barrett-Jackson also endorses a one-of-a-kind collector car insurance offering for collector vehicles and other valued belongings. For more information about Barrett-Jackson, visit http://www.barrett-jackson.com or call (480) 421-6694.
Airband Communications, Inc. is the largest fixed-wireless voice and data provider for businesses in the U.S. The company offers a comprehensive portfolio of high-speed Internet access, point-to-point data services, Voice over IP, security and other managed solutions – delivered over one of the industry's most scalable last-mile networks. Airband bypasses the local phone and cable companies to provide faster provisioning intervals, immediate scalability and complete redundancy for its customers. Thousands of businesses nationwide already count on Airband for their broadband service. For more information, please visit www.airband.com.