Six Cell Sites Enhanced as Part of Ongoing AT&T Investment in Pennsylvania Wireless Network
YORK, Pa., Aug. 19 -- As part of its continuing network investment to support growing demand for advanced mobile devices and applications, AT&T* today announced 3G technology was activated on six cell sites in York County that will enhance coverage for area residents and businesses from York to Gettysburg. With mobile broadband speeds, AT&T customers can surf the Web, download files faster, and enjoy the very latest interactive mobile applications.
This six cell site enhancement is one part of AT&T's ongoing efforts to extend its mobile broadband wireless network - the fastest in the nation and in York, according to expert, independent testing. AT&T has continued to drive investment and innovation to deliver the nation's best, most advanced mobile broadband experience for customers. From 2007 through 2009, AT&T's total capital investment in its Pennsylvania wireless and wireline networks was more than $725 million.
"Our network investment in York County and across Pennsylvania will provide our customers with access to the kind of technology that will stimulate economic growth, inspire innovation and create jobs," said J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Pennsylvania. "Our goal is to work with policymakers at all levels to help create a positive economic environment that provides opportunities for companies to continue to invest in Pennsylvania."
Bob Jensenius, executive vice president of the York County Chamber of Commerce, believes this network upgrade will be good for the continued competitiveness of the County.
"Our organization strives to keep York County a great place to live, work, and start or grow a business," said Jensenius. "AT&T's investment in its mobile broadband network in York County will help us keep our competitive edge."
"We're seeing advanced smartphones driving up to 10 times the amount of usage of other devices on average," said Dan Lafond, vice president and general manager for AT&T in central and eastern Pennsylvania. "Despite these unprecedented increases in wireless data traffic, AT&T's network investments and upgrades have enabled us to continue to deliver the nation's fastest 3G network."
The new cell sites are one of many ongoing network initiatives planned to enhance coverage and capacity across the country. AT&T recently upgraded 3G cell sites nationwide to High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA) 7.2. Future plans include another upgrade to HSPA+ technology at the end of this year followed by the initial deployment next year of LTE, the next-generation of wireless technology. These advancements, when combined with an ongoing initiative to increase the number of high-speed backhaul connections to cell sites, are a part of AT&T's strategy to provide customers with an enhanced mobile broadband experience, both today and in the future.
AT&T's 3G mobile broadband network is based on the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) family of technologies that includes GSM and UMTS, the most widely used wireless network platforms in the world. AT&T has the best international coverage of any U.S. wireless provider, providing access to voice service in over 220 countries and data service in more than 195 countries. AT&T also offers voice and data roaming coverage on more than 135 major cruise ships, as well as 3G services in more than 120 countries.
For more information about AT&T's 3G coverage in York County or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit www.wireless.att.com/coverageviewer. Using the online tool, AT&T customers can measure coverage quality of coverage from a street address, intersection, ZIP code or even a landmark.
For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit http://www.att.com/networknews.
To find out more details about AT&T in the York County area, please visit one of these retail locations:
o West Manchester Mall, 6246 West Manchester Mall, York, PA
o Queensgate Towne Center, 2095 Springwood Road, York, PA
o Galleria Mall, 2899 Whiteford Road, York, PA
o North Hanover Mall, 1155 Carlisle Street, Hanover, PA
o Capital City Mall, 3588 Capital City Mall Drive, Camp Hill, PA
o Carlisle Commons, 40 Noble Blvd., Carlisle, PA
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