RALEIGH, N.C., April 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T*, building on its strong 2010 record of network accomplishments, today announced network improvement plans designed to enable 4G speeds** and enhanced reliability to Raleigh and surrounding communities in 2011. The wireless network enhancement plans are part of AT&T's planned $19-billion investment in its U.S. wireless and wireline networks and other capital projects in 2011.
Walter Wells, AT&T's external affairs regional director in Raleigh, says AT&T plans the following network improvements in the Raleigh area in 2011:
- Replacing more than 230 antennas at 52 cell sites, across Raleigh and along major highways, to enhance voice quality, reduce dropped calls and deliver more efficient, consistent mobile broadband speeds.
- Delivering additional wireless capacity to more than 165 cell towers in Raleigh area through the addition of new layers of frequency, also known as "carriers," to more efficiently manage available spectrum and increase mobile broadband capacity at local cell sites.
- Deploying enhanced backhaul connections to over 340 more cell sites to enable 4G speeds in Raleigh.
- Installing more than 20 additional cells in Raleigh.
- Deploying Distributed Antenna System (DAS) networks at multiple venues to enhance network coverage during events.
"Our story is getting even better for Raleigh and North Carolina," Wells said. "Our recently announced agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA represents a great deal for customers and a major commitment to strengthen and expand our network. In fact, this deal, if approved, means that we'll be able to expand the next generation of mobile broadband – 4G LTE – from our current plan of 80 percent of the U.S. population to 95 percent."
Wells also highlighted that AT&T invested more than $240 million in its Raleigh wireless and wireline network from 2008 through 2010 as part of its commitment to superior service in the area:
- Installing roughly 35 new cell sites.
- Upgrading approximately 90 cell sites to mobile broadband.
- Adding additional spectrum carriers to over 130 cell sites.
- Deploying DAS networks at multiple venues.
Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker said AT&T's significant investment to improve its network will further bolster Raleigh's reputation as a great place to live and work.
"High-tech expansions like this one help our business community, our local economy and our overall quality of life," Meeker said. "Few businesses today are more competitive than the wireless industry. That level of competition results in investment and new technology, which delivers benefits to the entire community."
The nation's fastest mobile broadband network is getting faster with 4G. A key planned upgrade for 2011 is deployment of enhanced backhaul connections to more than 340 cell sites in Raleigh to enable 4G speeds. Backhaul connections carry traffic between cell sites and AT&T's nationwide network. Enhanced fiber-optic and ethernet backhaul connections expand capacity many times over, and enable additional expansion in the years to come.
"We're investing in our Raleigh network to help AT&T customers take advantage of the numerous capabilities of their wireless devices," said Alison Hall, vice president and general manager for AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets in North Carolina and South Carolina. "This year, we're committed to providing best-in-class wireless voice service to our customers, and we're backing that up with the right investments."
AT&T's advanced network provides several important advantages for customers. AT&T's mobile-broadband network provides customers with the ability to talk and surf at the same time. For instance, you can look up directions to an event while staying on the phone with your boss, or browse your favorite social media sites while chatting with a friend. AT&T's mobile broadband network also is up to 35 percent faster than our largest competitor's CDMA-only network on average nationally.
AT&T also provides access to voice service in more than 220 countries and data service in more than 200 countries. AT&T's largest competitor's CDMA-based devices work in fewer than 45 countries. Business Traveler magazine recently named AT&T as having the "Best Mobile Coverage in the World" – the fourth time AT&T has received the distinction.
AT&T's focus is delivering the nation's most advanced mobile broadband experience, which includes 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. At the same time, AT&T offers a wide-ranging portfolio of smartphones and devices, with 20 4G devices planned for 2011, including a robust Android lineup. And we're driving development of wide-ranging mobile applications with three AT&T Foundry collaborative innovation centers planned for this year, as well as leadership in multiple initiatives to provide new tools for apps developers.
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 also operates the nation's largest Wi-Fi network*** with more than 24,000 hotspots in the U.S. and 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 data plans.
For more information about AT&T's coverage in Raleigh 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.
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**4G speeds delivered by HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. Available in limited areas. Availability increasing with ongoing backhaul deployment. Requires 4G device. Learn more at att.com/network. Actual speeds experienced will vary and depend on several factors, including device, location, capacity, facilities, and other conditions.
*** 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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