AT&T Expands Mobile Broadband Network in Macoupin and Montgomery Counties

Local Wireless Network Upgrade Extends Access to Advanced Products, Services and Applications

Oct 12, 2011, 09:44 ET from AT&T Inc.

CHICAGO, Oct. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* today announced the expansion of its mobile broadband network in five cities in Macoupin and Montgomery counties – Bunker Hill, Farmersville, Litchfield, Mount Olive and Raymond – extending access for advanced mobile services, devices and feature-rich audio and video content to customers in the area.

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.

"Demand for wireless bandwidth is growing rapidly, and we want to meet that demand for our customers," said AT&T Illinois President Paul La Schiazza. "We're excited to expand mobile broadband to Bunker Hill, Farmersville, Litchfield, Mount Olive and Raymond. Our recently announced agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA also represents a major commitment to strengthen and expand our network. In fact, this deal, if approved, 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."

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 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.

"We want you to have an extraordinary experience whether you're making a phone call, sharing videos and photos with friends, checking the latest scores, or keeping your business mobile on your AT&T device," said AT&T Illinois Vice President and General Manager Dave Fine. "Smartphones, tablets and laptops are continuing to drive unprecedented demand for wireless access everywhere. We're investing in a combination of technologies right here in Bunker Hill, Farmersville, Litchfield, Mount Olive and Raymond to meet these needs and ensure an advanced broadband experience for all our customers."

Year-to-date, AT&T has activated 22 new cell sites, upgraded more than 40 cell sites with mobile broadband technology and added additional UMTS mobile broadband capacity to over 900 cell sites in Illinois. Between 2008 and 2010, AT&T invested more than $3.8 billion in its wireless and wireline networks in Illinois.  

AT&T also operates the nation's largest Wi-Fi network** with nearly 27,000 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 Illinois, or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. 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 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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