BLACKSBURG, Va., June 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- As part of its continuing network investment to support growing demand for advanced mobile devices and applications, AT&T* today announced the activation of a new 3G cell site in the Blacksburg area that will enhance coverage for area residents and businesses. The site will expand the network along Cedar Run Road and Lusters Gate Road and at the Blacksburg Country Club. With 3G speeds, AT&T customers in these areas can surf the Web, download files faster, and enjoy the very latest interactive mobile applications.
"During the past several years, we've made substantial private investments to provide our customers in the Blacksburg area and across Virginia with access to the kind of technology that will stimulate economic growth, inspire innovation and create jobs," said J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Mid Atlantic. "We remain committed to working with our federal, state and local leaders to help create a positive economic environment that provides opportunities for companies to continue to invest aggressively in Virginia."
The new cell site is part of AT&T's ongoing efforts to extend its 3G wireless network – the fastest in the nation, according to independent testing. It is also part of AT&T's previously announced plans to drive innovation and expand its mobile network across the Commonwealth. From 2007 through 2009, AT&T's total capital investment in its Virginia wireless and wireline networks was nearly $600 million.
"Our goal is pretty simple: we want you to have an extraordinary experience when you make a call, check e-mail, download a song or video, or surf the Internet on your AT&T device," said Erika K. Thompson-Kemp, vice president and general manager for AT&T in Virginia and West Virginia. "As part of the Blacksburg community, we're always looking for new opportunities to provide enhanced coverage and our investment in the local wireless network is just one way to accomplish this."
AT&T recently completed a software upgrade at 3G cell sites nationwide that prepares the nation's fastest 3G network for even faster speeds. The deployment of High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA) 7.2 technology is the first of multiple initiatives in AT&T's network enhancement strategy designed to provide customers with an enhanced mobile broadband experience, both today and well into the future. Faster 3G speeds are scheduled to become available in 2010 and 2011 on a market- by- market basis as AT&T combines the new technology with our second initiative to dramatically increase the number of high-speed backhaul connections to cell sites, primarily with fiber-optic connections, adding capacity from cell sites to the AT&T backbone network.
For more information about AT&T's 3G coverage in Virginia or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit http://www.wireless.att.com/coverageviewer. The online tool can measure the quality of coverage based on a street address, intersection, ZIP code, or even a landmark.
For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit www.att.com/networknews.
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