LEHIGHTON, Pa., Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* today announced the availability of its third generation (3G) mobile broadband network in Lehighton and Jim Thorpe, extending access for advanced mobile services, devices and feature-rich audio and video content to customers along Routes 209, 248 and 903, as well as Interstate 476.
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.
Pennsylvania Speaker of the House Keith McCall said mobile broadband connectivity is increasingly important for his constituents.
"Businesses and families in our region are relying on mobile connectivity more every day," said McCall. "AT&T's expansion of its mobile broadband network in our area is one more way to make our region a great place to live, work, and start or grow a business."
J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Pennsylvania, said his company's local investment creates many advantages for the businesses and consumers in the area and across Pennsylvania.
"Our investment stimulates the economy and fosters employment for U.S. workers," Schweder said. "We are proud of that," Schweder said. "This expansion is part of our ongoing efforts to make private investments in our network so our customers can enjoy the nation's best, most advanced mobile broadband experience."
Schweder added that in just the first six months of this year, AT&T invested nearly $150 million in its wireless network to continue improving customer service in Pennsylvania.
"Demand for wireless bandwidth is growing rapidly, whether it's for sharing video and photos with friends, watching a movie, checking the latest scores, or listening to music on a phone, netbook or other on-the-go devices," said Tiffany Baehman, vice president and general manager for AT&T in the greater Philadelphia region. "With this expansion, our customers can enjoy the nation's best, most advanced mobile broadband experience with emerging devices and tens of thousands of mobile applications."
The expansion of mobile broadband service is 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 more than 220 countries and data service in 200 countries. AT&T also offers voice and data roaming coverage on more than 140 major cruise ships, as well as 3G services in more than 125 countries.
AT&T also owns and operates the nation's largest Wi-Fi network** with more than 23,000 hotspots in the U.S. and provides access to more than 125,000 hotspots globally through roaming agreements. Most AT&T smartphone customers get access to our U.S. Wi-Fi network at no additional cost, and Wi-Fi usage doesn't count against customers' monthly data plans.
For more information about AT&T's 3G coverage in Lehighton, Jim Thorpe 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.
To find out more details about AT&T in the Lehighton area, please visit this retail location:
- 1020 E. Blakeslee Boulevard, Lehighton, PA
*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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