AT&T Expands Mobile Broadband Coverage in Rensselaer County

Seven New Cell Sites Activated as Part of Ongoing AT&T Investment in Local Wireless Network

Nov 14, 2011, 08:00 ET from AT&T Inc.

ALBANY, N.Y., Nov. 14 , 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its continuing network investment to support growing demand for advanced mobile devices and applications, AT&T* today announced the activation of seven new mobile broadband cell sites in Rensselaer County that will enhance coverage for local residents and businesses.

New areas of mobile broadband overage include Castleton-on-the-Hudson, Nassau, East Nassau, East Greenbush, Poestenkill, Schaghticoke Hill, Schodack Center, and exit B1(Berkshire Spur) on Interstate 90. With mobile broadband speeds, AT&T customers can surf the Web, download files faster, and enjoy the very latest interactive mobile applications.

"This expansion of seven new mobile broadband cell sites is a great investment that will enhance the quality of life for Rensselaer County residents and businesses. I want to thank AT&T for providing this service to so many individuals in these seven new locations and for their significant investment in Rensselaer County," said Senator Roy McDonald (R-Saratoga).

AT&T invested more than $200 million in its New York wireless and wireline networks in the first half of 2011. "Delivering dependable wireless coverage for consumers and businesses who need to stay connected to work, family and friends is critical," said Amy Hines Kramer, regional vice president of external affairs for AT&T in New York. "In addition, our recently announced agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA represents a major commitment to strengthen and expand our network across the state. If approved, this deal 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 more than 97 percent."

With the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T provides accelerated mobile data speeds and simultaneous voice and data capabilities.

"More than ever before, consumers look to wireless communications to stay in touch with family, friends and business colleagues," said Robert Holliday, vice president and general manager, AT&T Upstate/Western New York. "As part of these local communities, we're always looking for new opportunities to provide enhanced coverage as a way to help drive the local economy."

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 broadest international coverage of any U.S. wireless provider, providing access to voice service in more than 225 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 nearly 29,000 hotspots in the U.S. and provides access to nearly 190,000 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 wireless data plans.

For more information about AT&T's coverage in New York 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.
** 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 for details and locations.

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