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AT&T Customers Get New Mobile Broadband Coverage in Orange County

Three New Cell Sites Activated as Part of Ongoing AT&T Investment in Local Wireless Network

Orlando, Florida, September 26, 2011

As part of its continuing network investment to support growing demand for advanced mobile devices and applications, AT&T* today announced the activation of two new mobile broadband cell sites in Winter Garden and one new site inside Orlando’s major theme park.

A new cell site in Gotha will provide enhanced coverage in the northern portion of Windermere, southeast of State Road 429 and Maguire Road. A second Winter Garden cell site in Stoneybrook West will provide enhanced coverage south of Highway 50, including State Road 429, Maguire Road and the Florida Turnpike. The new theme park cell site will boost coverage and capacity for park visitors.

The new cell sites are one part of AT&T’s ongoing efforts to drive innovation and extend its mobile network. Since the beginning of the year, AT&T has added capacity to more than 45 existing cell sites in Orange County through additional layers of frequency, also known as “carriers,” to support more voice and data traffic on the cell sites. With the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T provides accelerated mobile data speeds and simultaneous voice and data capabilities.

“Our goal is for our customers to have an extraordinary experience. As part of the community, 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 Rich Guidotti, vice president and general manager, AT&T North Florida. “In addition, our recently announced agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA will strengthen and expand our network. 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.”

“Florida has set the standard for building jobs and investment based on a consumer-focused environment,” said Marshall Criser, lll, AT&T Florida president. “Just recently, our elected leaders reinforced that commitment by passing the Regulatory Reform Act sponsored by Senator David Simmons, Representative Mike Horner and primary co-sponsor Representative Alan Williams. Through their insight and the leadership of Governor Rick Scott, Senate President Mike Haridopolos and House Speaker Dean Cannon, Florida has one of the most competitive economies for technology investment. As customer demand for services like mobile broadband grows, all Floridians benefit from the choices available to them and the workforce that is needed to meet expanding demand.” 

AT&T has the broadest 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.

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.

For more information about AT&T’s coverage in Florida 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 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.