Local Wireless Network Upgrades and Correction to Previously Announced Investment Figure
New Orleans, LA, July 06, 2011 ShareThis
AT&T* today announced new cell sites and mobile broadband capacity upgrades, including new launches of its mobile broadband network in cities and towns across Louisiana. In June, AT&T added new rural cell sites, increased capacity at existing cell sites and launched mobile broadband in new locations. Some of the communities with access to AT&T mobile broadband include:
- Ville Platte
- North Bend
- Carencro (west)
New rural voice service extends coverage in these communities:
- Town of Dry Prong
- Hwy 167 between Dry Prong and Winnfield
- State Hwy 339 between Charon and Youngsville
- Highway 10 West near Fort Polk
- Crew Lake
AT&T also has increased mobile broadband capacity at multiple sites in Monroe, Lafayette and Ruston.
AT&T is an industry leader in delivering the benefits of mobile broadband networks, devices and applications. With the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T provides accelerated mobile data speeds and simultaneous voice and data capabilities for an amazing wireless voice and data experience.
Since January, 2011, AT&T has turned up a total of 23 new cell sites in Louisiana in addition to adding more than 600 carriers to existing sites to increase capacity.
From 2008 through 2010, AT&T’s capital investment in its Louisiana wireline and wireless networks was nearly $1.1 billion. (Note: due to a clerical error, a prior release incorrectly listed a $2.8 billion investment figure.)
Other areas of investment during 2008 through 2010 included the launch and expansion of U-verse® services in Baton Rouge and areas of Southeast Louisiana.
AT&T’s 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 broadest international coverage of any U.S. wireless provider, providing access to voice service in more than 220 countries and data service in more than 200 countries. AT&T also offers voice and data roaming coverage on more than 135 major cruise ships, as well as mobile broadband services in more than 130 countries.
AT&T also operates the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network** with more than 24,000 hotspots in the U.S. and provides access to more than 135,000 hotspots globally through roaming agreements. Most AT&T smartphone customers get access to our entire national Wi-Fi network at no additional cost, and Wi-Fi usage doesn’t count against customers’ monthly wireless data plans.
For more information about AT&T’s coverage in Louisiana or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. Using the online tool, AT&T customers can measure coverage quality from a street address, intersection, ZIP code or even a landmark.
For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
**Largest based on company branded and operated hotspots. Access includes AT&T Wi-Fi Basic. A Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See www.attwifi.com for details and locations.
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