INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Customers in the busy Indianapolis airport area and along a nearby stretch of I-465 are expected to experience improved mobile broadband 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 in the area.
"Thanks to the leadership of Mayor Ballard and the Indianapolis Airport Authority, our city has a world-class airport that gives an outstanding first impression to all who travel here," said AT&T Indiana President George S. Fleetwood. "AT&T will continue to invest aggressively throughout central Indiana so that we can ensure that our Hoosier customers and those who visit Indianapolis have the best wireless experience possible."
The network enhancement adds new layers of frequency, also known as "carriers," to ten cell sites on the southwest side of Indianapolis 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 everywhere they use their mobile devices. 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 Brian Ducharme, vice president and general manager, AT&T Indiana and Michigan. "In addition, our recently announced agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA will strengthen and expand our network in Indianapolis. 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."
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.
AT&T recently launched "Focus: Indianapolis" which provides visitors a peek into AT&T's wireless network enhancements made since the beginning of the year. Enhancements include new cell sites, broadband speed upgrades, capacity upgrades and network connection upgrades. The site also provides a map of area AT&T stores, a map of area Wi-Fi hotspots, useful tips, a localized Twitter handle and device reviews. You can visit the site at http://focus.att.com/indy.
For more information about AT&T's coverage in Indiana 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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