AT&T Expands Mobile Broadband Wireless Capacity in Rockland and Westchester Counties

Additional Spectrum Expected to Improve Connectivity and Performance of Mobile Broadband Data and Voice Connectivity Across 20 Communities

Oct 12, 2011, 08:00 ET from AT&T Inc.

PEARL RIVER, N.Y. and WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Oct. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Customers in Rockland and Westchester 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 key initiatives in its ongoing efforts to enhance the wireless capacity and performance of its mobile broadband network and improve coverage.

"Expanding and enhancing New York's mobile broadband network brings home the benefits of broadband access to many consumers who are relying more and more on wireless technology to access the Internet," said New York State Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland).  "This kind of investment is essential to keeping New York competitive."

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 needing to stay connected is our ultimate objective," said Amy Hines Kramer, regional vice president of external affairs, AT&T, New York. "In addition, our recently announced agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA will strengthen and expand our network across Rockland and Westchester Counties. 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."

In Rockland County mobile broadband capacity was added in areas of Airmont, Bardonia, Monsey, New Square, Pearl River, Suffern, Tallman and Valley Cottage. Capacity was also expanded along Routes 287 and 202 in Suffern and Tallman.

New areas of enhanced network capacity in Westchester County include Armonk, Elmsford, Harrison, Hartsdale, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Port Chester, Purchase, Scarsdale, Valhalla, and White Plains. Capacity was also expanded in this communities along the New York State Thruway, Route 287 and on the Saw Mill River, Sprain Brook, Bronx River and Hutchinson River Parkways.

The network enhancement adds new layers of frequency, also known as "carriers," to 96 cell sites in areas of Rockland and Westchester 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 to have an extraordinary experience. We're part of these communities and 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 York and New Jersey.

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 York 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 for details and locations.

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