NEW ORLEANS, April 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* today announced plans to add more than 30 new cell sites and upgrade more than 700 cell sites across Louisiana as part of its 2011 initiative to deliver the nation's most-advanced mobile broadband experience.
The Louisiana wireless network enhancements are part of AT&T's planned $19-billion investment in its national wireless and wireline networks and other capital projects in 2011. The investment will support plans to enable 4G speeds over an increasing portion of the country throughout the year, including the planned initial launch of LTE beginning mid-year and the deployment of enhanced backhaul connections that enable 4G speeds**.
The 2011 investment will also support the build and upgrade of thousands of cell sites nationwide designed to increase network speed, coverage and reliability for both mobile voice and broadband services. AT&T also plans to install additional radio "carriers" at more than 30,000 cell sites nationally this year, enabling new layers of spectrum capacity to carry larger volumes of mobile broadband traffic. This additional capacity enables AT&T to support rising mobile data traffic volumes, which have increased more than 8,000 percent over the past four years.
"Louisiana residents are relying more and more on wireless technology to communicate with each other and access information," said Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. "Network enhancements like these benefit countless consumers while making our state an attractive place to work, live, and play."
Today's announcement builds on the momentum established during AT&T's 2010 wireless investment, when it added nearly 50 new cell sites in Louisiana and upgraded more than 50 existing sites to mobile broadband. From 2008 through 2010, AT&T's capital investment in its Louisiana wireline and wireless networks was more than $2.8 billion.
"A more advanced mobile broadband experience drives economic growth, stimulates jobs and equips Louisiana businesses to meet the network demands of today and tomorrow," said Sonia Perez, president, AT&T Louisiana. "We've significantly ramped up our wireless investments to enable an experience that offers Louisiana consumers better speed, better reliability and better availability."
AT&T also continues to drive innovation in network technologies to provide maximum efficiency and performance for customers. In 2011, AT&T will focus on continuing to enhance its wireless network forecasting capabilities to better predict usage trends and build network capacity to always stay one step ahead of customer need. AT&T also continues to pioneer broadband solutions for high-traffic areas like stadiums and public places, deploying technologies including Distributed Access System networks and Wi-Fi Hot Zones.
"Smartphones, tablets and laptops are continuing to drive unprecedented demand for wireless access everywhere," said Joe Larussa, vice president and general manager, AT&T Consumer & Mobility Markets – Gulf States. "Wi-Fi investments are critical for meeting these needs and ensuring an advanced broadband experience."
AT&T also operates the nation's largest Wi-Fi network*** with more than 24,000 hotspots in the U.S. and provides access to more than 135,000 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 data plans.
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 offers voice and data roaming coverage on more than 135 major cruise ships, as well as mobile broadband services in more than 130 countries.
For more information about AT&T's coverage in Louisiana or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. Using the online tool, AT&T customers can measure quality of coverage 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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** 4G speeds delivered by HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. Available in limited areas. Availability increasing with ongoing backhaul deployment. Requires 4G device. Learn more at att.com/network.
*** 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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