AT&T Invests More Than $275 Million in Metro New York City Region in Its Wireless Network

Sep 09, 2010, 09:07 ET from AT&T Inc.

NEW YORK, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- In just the first six months of this year, AT&T* invested more than $275 million in its wireless network to continue improving customer service in the metro New York City region.

Service enhancements included:

  • Adding more than 25 new cell sites throughout the state to enhance coverage for area residents and businesses
  • Upgrading 14 cell sites with mobile broadband service to enhance its network in the region
  • Deploying additional radio carriers to nearly 700 cell sites in metro New York City to provide customers with improved wireless voice and data connectivity and performance

AT&T customers are seeing the results of this investment with faster mobile broadband speeds and strong reliability, according to the latest round of comprehensive drive testing by Global Wireless Solutions Inc. (GWS). This GWS testing showed that AT&T maintained the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, connected more than 98 percent of calls on the first attempt, and carried 98.65 percent of calls to completion, a difference of less than one call out of 1,000 from the only higher-scoring provider.

AT&T New York State President Hal Lenox said his company's local investment creates many advantages for the people of New York City.

"Our investment stimulates the economy and fosters employment for U.S. workers," Lenox said. "We are proud of that. In fact, AT&T has invested more in the last three years than any of our U.S. competitors. That creates economic growth across the board. Even in this troubled economy, we plan to invest $18-$19 billion this year, assuming the regulatory environment remains favorable. Our plan to invest up to 10 percent more than we did last year—again in these tough economic times—is a major commitment to our customers. But it's also a huge commitment to our state and to our nation."

"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 Kathryn Wylde, President & CEO of the Partnership for New York City, the city's leading business organization. "This kind of investment is critical to keeping New York competitive."

Tom DeVito, AT&T's vice president and general manager in New York and New Jersey, said that AT&T remains focused on making the nation's fastest mobile broadband network even faster.  

"Our investment strategy allows us to continue increasing speeds, which means our capabilities continue to grow with our customers. Average national mobile broadband network speeds during the first six months of 2010 are up more than 25 percent, based on internal data." These faster speeds have been delivered even as AT&T has managed unprecedented growth in mobile data usage.  Over a three-year period (2007-2009), mobile data traffic on AT&T's wireless network jumped about 5,000 percent.

"Put that in perspective," said DeVito. "Can you imagine if traffic on any highway in the City increased 5,000 percent? It would be an impossible situation, worse than the 60-mile traffic jam recently in China. But we have not only met that unprecedented growth, our network serves customers better and faster than before."

"No other company in the country has faced that kind of growth. There's no way to tell how their networks would have fared. But we've been tested by fire—like none other—and because of that, our customers are benefiting."

The network investment complements the introduction of new wireless data plans that make the benefits of mobile broadband more affordable for more people. Customers can choose the data plan that best fits their needs, starting with the DataPlus plan** at $15 per month.

For more information about AT&T's mobile broadband coverage in New York City or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit Using the online tool, AT&T customers can measure coverage quality of coverage from a street address, intersection, ZIP code or even a landmark. A map of AT&T Wi-Fi locations is available at

For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit

*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.

**DataPlus plan requires a wireless agreement and includes 200MB of data; each additional 200MB of overage is $15 and other restrictions apply. 

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