SENECA, S.C., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AT&T* today announced the expansion of its third generation (3G) mobile broadband network at several cell sites across Upstate South Carolina, extending access for advanced mobile services, devices and feature-rich audio and video content to customers in Oconee County. Beginning immediately, many residents in the area will be able to enjoy quicker speeds on America's fastest mobile broadband network.
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.
"This investment in the latest wireless technology is good for business and consumers across the Upstate and here in Oconee County," said State Representative Bill Sandifer. "We work hard in the General Assembly to help bring this kind of investment to our communities, and this announcement is proof positive of what I've always believed – good public policy brings real benefits to the people and communities we serve."
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. 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.
"This investment in wireless technology is good for all the folks in Oconee County," said State Senator Tom Alexander. "It will keep residents connected and spur economic development by offering technology and services that folks in the state's largest cities already get."
AT&T has the best international coverage of any U.S. wireless provider, providing access to voice service in over 220 countries and data service in more than 195 countries. AT&T also offers voice and data roaming coverage on more than 135 major cruise ships, as well as 3G services in more than 120 countries.
"Demand for wireless bandwidth is growing, whether it's for sharing video and photos with friends, checking the status of your investments through mobile banking, reviewing a client presentation, or listening to music on a phone, netbook or other mobile devices on the go," said Pamela Lackey, president, AT&T South Carolina. "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."
For more information about AT&T's 3G coverage in Oconee County or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit http://www.wireless.att.com/coverageviewer. 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 www.att.com/networknews.
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