MAHWAH, N.J. and NEWARK, N.J., Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Customers in Bergen and Essex Counties are expected to experience improved mobile broadband coverage and voice performance as a result of continued investment and innovation by AT&T*. The company announced today that it has completed another key initiative in its ongoing efforts to enhance the wireless capacity and performance of its mobile broadband network.
New areas of enhanced network capacity in Bergen County include Allendale, Bergenfield, Emerson, Fairlawn, Franklin Lakes, Glen Rock, Mahwah, Midland Park, Oakland, Old Tappan, Park Ridge, Ramsey, Ridgewood, River Edge, Tenafly, Upper Saddle River and Westwood and also along the Garden State Parkway, Routes 287, 17, 208, and Franklin Turnpike.
New areas of expanded capacity in Essex County include Belleville, Bloomfield, Glen Ridge, Harrison, Irvington, Maplewood, Montclair, Newark, Nutley, and the Oranges. The network was also enhanced in these areas along the Garden State Parkway, Routes 280 and 21, and Springfield Avenue.
AT&T invested more than $400 million in its New Jersey wireless and wireline networks in the first half of 2011.
"Delivering dependable wireless coverage for consumers and businesses needing to stay connected is our ultimate objective," said J. Michael Schweder, AT&T President New Jersey. "In addition, our recently announced agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA will strengthen and expand our network across New Jersey. 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."
The network enhancement adds new layers of frequency, also known as "carriers," to 124 cell sites in Bergen and Essex Counties to more efficiently manage available spectrum and increase mobile broadband capacity. The expansion helps manage ever-growing demand for mobile broadband services by allocating more network resources for AT&T's mobile broadband network.
"Our goal is for our customers across the Garden State to have an extraordinary experience. As part of the communities in Bergen and Essex Counties, we're always looking for new opportunities to provide an enhanced customer experience and our investment in the local wireless network is just one way we're accomplishing that," said Tom DeVito, vice president and general manager for AT&T in New Jersey and New York.
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 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 New Jersey or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer.
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 www.attwifi.com for details and locations.
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