NASHUA, N.H., Dec. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for the holiday shopping rush, shoppers visiting three popular New Hampshire malls 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 expand the wireless capacity and enhance performance of its mobile broadband network throughout three popular New Hampshire shopping malls.
AT&T added new layers of frequency, also known as "carriers," to the Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS), or in-building wireless systems, at Pheasant Lane Mall, in Nashua; The Mall at Rockingham Park, in Salem; and Fox Run Mall, in Newington – all Simon Property Group malls – to help serve wireless customers throughout the shopping malls. The additional carriers help manage ever-growing demand for mobile broadband services by allocating more network resources for AT&T's mobile broadband network.
A DAS has the ability to provide enhanced wireless coverage to customers in indoor or outdoor spaces where geographical limitations – terrain, building construction, etc. – or crowd density might otherwise prevent an optimal wireless experience. The additional capacity is expected to help improve call reliability and enable more consistent network access to help customers make the most of their AT&T devices while they shop for holiday gifts.
"The holiday season can be hectic, and that's why we're committed to enhancing wireless coverage for our customers checking off their gift lists, so that they can talk, text and surf even faster than before," said Steve Krom, vice president and general manager for AT&T New England.
"Our goal is for our customers to have an extraordinary experience. As part of the New Hampshire community, 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 Owen Smith, regional vice president for AT&T New Hampshire. "In addition, our recently announced agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA will strengthen and expand our network in Maine. 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."
Today's announcement builds on the momentum established during AT&T's 2010 wireless investment, when it added more than 20 new cell sites in New Hampshire and upgraded 75 existing sites with mobile broadband technology. From 2008 to 2010, AT&T invested nearly $60 million in its New Hampshire wireline and wireless networks. Year to date in 2011, AT&T has added 24 new cell sites in New Hampshire, added capacity – or layers of frequency – to 221 cell sites, and expanded its mobile broadband network by enhancing 58 cell sites.
AT&T is an industry pioneer in delivering the benefits of mobile broadband networks, devices and applications. With the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T provides accelerated mobile data speeds and simultaneous voice and data capabilities for an amazing wireless voice and data experience.
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 225 countries and data service in more than 200 countries.
AT&T also operates the nation's largest Wi-Fi network** with more than 29,000 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 Hampshire 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.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile broadband and emerging 4G capabilities, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T │DIRECTV brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising.
Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com. This AT&T news release and other announcements are available at http://www.att.com/newsroom and as part of an RSS feed at www.att.com/rss. Or follow our news on Twitter at @ATT.
© 2011 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. Mobile broadband not available in all areas. AT&T, the AT&T logo and all other marks contained herein are trademarks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies.
Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
Information set forth in this press release contains financial estimates and other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results might differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in AT&T's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any obligation to update and revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise.
SOURCE AT&T Inc.