ITHACA, N.Y., March 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its continuing network investment to support growing demand for advanced wireless devices and services, AT&T* today announced that it has expanded its mobile broadband coverage to West Campus residences at Cornell University by completing the installation of a new Distributed Antenna System (DAS) to serve students throughout the West Campus House System complex.
"I'm grateful for any and every opportunity to commend broadband enhancements and expansions throughout our region. We appreciate AT&T's continued investment to strengthen its local wireless network. It's a fundamental resource for Cornell residents and the community at large," said state Senator Tom O'Mara (R-Big Flats), whose legislative district includes Cornell and all of the city of Ithaca. "Stronger, more accessible broadband networks and cutting-edge wireless technologies are critical to New York's economic and educational competitiveness. We're wise to encourage their development in every possible way."
A DAS installation consists of several strategically-placed antennas that distribute AT&T's wireless network coverage throughout Cornell's campus providing for more efficient management of wireless capacity in heavily-trafficked areas. DAS has the ability to provide enhanced wireless coverage to customers in indoor or outdoor spaces where geographical limitations – terrain, building construction, etc. – or crowd density might otherwise prevent an optimal wireless experience. The additional capacity is expected to help improve call reliability and enable more consistent network access to help customers make the most of their AT&T devices.
"We want our customers to have a great network experience whatever they're doing – whether that's making a call, checking e-mail, downloading apps, surfing the Internet or keeping your business mobile on your AT&T device," said Robert Holliday, vice president and general manager, AT&T Upstate/Western New York. "We're committed to our investment in the local wireless network, and providing enhanced wireless coverage at Cornell University is just one way that we're investing in New York State."
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.
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 best international coverage of any U.S. wireless provider, providing access to voice service in more than 220 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 24,000 hotspots in the U.S. and provides 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 mobile broadband coverage in New York State 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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** 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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