DETROIT, Mich., June 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* today announced the expansion of its mobile Internet network, by enhancing 10 cell sites along I-69, from Calhoun County to the Indiana state line, that provides coverage for area residents and businesses. The network enhancements extend access for advanced mobile services, devices and feature-rich audio and video content to customers who travel, live or work in these areas.
"Job one in Battle Creek and across Calhoun County is attracting investment into our local economy," said state Sen. Mike Nofs (R-Battle Creek). "AT&T's commitment to expanded mobile Internet service right here in our own backyard is a great tool for both job providers and residents and will help support everyone working in the region to strengthen our economy."
From 2009 through 2011, AT&T invested more than $1.5 billion in its wireless and wireline networks in Michigan. AT&T is an industry leader in delivering the benefits of mobile Internet networks, devices and applications. With the nation's fastest mobile Internet network, AT&T provides accelerated mobile data speeds and simultaneous voice and data capabilities for an amazing wireless voice and data experience.
"Branch County is proud to welcome this exciting new investment from AT&T," said state Rep. Ken Kurtz (R-Coldwater). "Expanded mobile Internet coverage is a critical tool for small towns and rural communities like ours as we work to attract new jobs and new families to the region."
AT&T's mobile Internet 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 225 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 Internet services in more than 130 countries.
"Our goal is for our customers to have an extraordinary experience. As part of the communities located along the I-69 corridor, we're always looking for new opportunities to provide enhanced coverage, and our investment in the local wireless network is just one way we're accomplishing that," said Jim Murray, president, AT&T Michigan.
"Demand for wireless bandwidth is growing rapidly, and we want to meet that demand for our customers," said Brian Ducharme, vice president and general manager, AT&T Indiana and Michigan. "We're excited to expand mobile Internet along this major highway and nearby homes and businesses."
AT&T also operates the nation's largest Wi-Fi network** with more than 30,000 hotspots in the U.S. and provides access to nearly 225,000 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 Michigan 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.
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