PITTSBURGH, Dec. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* customers in Pittsburgh and surrounding communities are expected to experience improved mobile broadband coverage and voice performance as a result of continued investment by AT&T. The company announced today network improvements made to enhance the wireless capacity and performance of its local mobile broadband network.
Since the start of 2011, AT&T has made nearly 600 wireless network upgrades in western Pennsylvania. Some of the enhancements include:
- Deploying enhanced backhaul connections to more than 200 cell sites. Combined with HSPA+ technology, these backhaul deployments enable 4G speeds**.
- Adding capacity or an extra layer of frequency - which is like adding lanes to a highway - to nearly 300 cell sites including in the following locations:
- Allison Park
- North and west of Ebensburg
- Natrona Heights and Harrison Township
- New Stanton
- Southern Indiana County
- Shanksville and Berlin
- Activating 11 new cell sites to improve network coverage and upgrading more than 120 existing cell sites to provide faster mobile broadband speeds, including in the following areas:
- Conneaut Lakeshore
- Troy Hill
- Boyce Park
- Pleasant Heights
- Pleasant Valley
- North of Sharpsville
"More than ever before, customers look to wireless communications to stay in touch with family, friends and business colleagues," said J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T New Jersey and Pennsylvania. "We're working to make this possible by investing in new wireless coverage in the area."
"Our goal is to deliver a network experience that mobilizes everything for customers," said Larry Evans, vice president and general manager, AT&T Ohio and western Pennsylvania. "The ongoing investment we're making in Pennsylvania and New Jersey is designed to increase coverage and reliability, and to provide advanced services to our customers so they can do more with their wireless devices."
AT&T plans to support the build or upgrade of thousands of cell sites nationwide to increase network speed, coverage and reliability for both mobile voice and broadband services. AT&T also plans to install additional radio "carriers" at thousands of cell sites nationally this year, enabling new layers of spectrum capacity to carry larger volumes of mobile broadband traffic. Additional capacity helps support rising mobile data traffic volumes, which have increased more than 8,000 percent over the past four years.
For more information about AT&T's coverage in Pennsylvania or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. Using the online tool, AT&T customers can measure 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.
**4G speeds delivered by HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. Available in limited areas. Availability increasing with ongoing backhaul deployment. 4G device required. Learn more at att.com/network.
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