KALISPELL, Mont., Nov. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its continuing network investment to support growing demand for advanced mobile devices and applications, AT&T* today announced the activation of six new mobile broadband cell sites in Belt, Raynesford, on Manchester Road near Sun Prairie, Big Sky, Three Forks and Kila that will enhance coverage for area residents and businesses. With mobile broadband speeds, AT&T customers can surf the Web, download files faster, and enjoy the very latest interactive mobile applications.
The new cell sites are part of AT&T's ongoing efforts to drive investment and innovation to deliver the nation's best, most advanced mobile broadband experience for customers. With the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T provides accelerated mobile data speeds and simultaneous voice and data capabilities.
"As part of the Montana community, our goal is for customers to have an extraordinary experience and enhanced coverage, and these six new sites help achieve that goal," said Jace Barbin, vice president and general manager, AT&T Rocky Mountain Region.
"Our communities and businesses need this expanded coverage as they conduct their daily business in Montana. We are grateful for the continuous investment in Montana that AT&T is making to improve their network so that our residents can rely on consistent and enhanced wireless coverage," said Senate President Jim Peterson.
The new sites will serve the following areas:
- The new Manchester Road site is located on Interstate 15 approximately seven miles west of Great Falls. It helps improve voice and wireless data service along I-15 and in nearby Sun Prairie.
- The new Belt site is located on Highway 87 approximately 17 miles east of Great Falls. It helps bolster voice and wireless data service in the town of Belt and along the highway.
- The new Raynesford site is located approximately 15 miles east of the new Belt site on Highway 87. It provides voice and wireless data service along the highway in between the Belt and Stanford cell sites.
- The new Kila site is five miles west of Kalispell on Highway 2.
- Another new site is located just south of the town of Three Forks on Interstate 90 (about 25 northwest of Bozeman).
- The other new Bozeman site is located six miles east of the resort town of Big Sky on Highway 191.
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 225 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 29,000 hotspots in the U.S. and provides access to nearly 190,000 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 Montana 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 of coverage 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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