ERIE, Pa., Sept. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Customers in Erie and surrounding communities 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 a key initiative in its ongoing efforts to enhance the wireless capacity and performance of its mobile broadband network throughout Erie and several surrounding communities as well as portions of I-90, I-79 and US 20. The communities include Lake City, Avonia, Girard and Fairview.
Barbara Chaffee, president and CEO of the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership said this latest expansion of AT&T's network is another way to help grow the Erie region. "Erie is a great place to live, work, and start or grow a business," said Chaffee. "Our region can be even more competitive with more access to mobile broadband connections, and AT&T's network upgrades are one way we can keep that competitive edge."
The network enhancement adds new layers of frequency, also known as "carriers," to the cell sites 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.
"As part of the Erie community, 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 J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Pennsylvania. "In addition, our recently announced agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA will strengthen and expand our network in the Erie area. 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."
"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 Larry Evans, vice president and general manager, AT&T Ohio and western Pennsylvania. "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 Erie to meet these needs and ensure an advanced broadband experience for all our customers."
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 Pennsylvania 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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