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AT&T Boosts Mobile Broadband Network in Kentucky

Local Enhancements Part of AT&T’s 2011 Plans to Invest in the $20 Billion Range in its Wireless and Wireline Networks

Louisville, Kentucky, October 17, 2011

AT&T* customers in Kentucky are expected to experience improved mobile broadband coverage and voice performance as a result of continued investment by AT&T. The company announced today network improvements made in the first half of 2011 to enhance the wireless capacity and performance of its mobile broadband network throughout the Bluegrass State.

“Fast and reliable wireless coverage is not just a quality of life issue, it’s an economic development issue,” said Kentucky Association for Economic Development President/CEO Mike Mangeot.  “Businesses want to locate and grow in communities where they know they can stay connected with their customers which is why continued investment by AT&T in our Commonwealth is so critical.”

Since the beginning of this year, AT&T has made the following network improvements in Kentucky:

  • Deployed enhanced backhaul connections to more than 80 cell sites. Combined with HSPA+ technology, these backhaul deployments enable 4G speeds**.
  • Activated over 20 new cell sites to improve network coverage.
  • Added new coverage in Kentucky in the following counties and cities: 
    • Anderson County (Lawrenceburg)
    • Barren County (Lucas)
    • Bell County (Middlesboro)
    • Bullitt County (Mount Washington)
    • Carroll County (Carrollton)
    • Christian County (Hopkinsville)
    • Clark County (Winchester)
    • Crittenden County (Marion)
    • Daviess County (Owensboro)
    • Floyd County (Martin)
    • Green County (Greensburg)
    • Henderson County (Henderson)
    • Henry County (New Castle)
    • Hopkins County (Madisonville)
    • Jefferson County (Louisville)
    • Jessamine County (Nicholasville)
    • Larue County (New Haven)
    • Laurel County (London)
    • McCreary County (Parkers Lake and Pine Knot)
    • Mercer County (Harrodsburg)
    • Ohio County (Hartford)
    • Pike County (Pikeville)
    • Shelby County (Shelbyville)
    • Todd County (Guthrie and Lewisburg)
    • Union County  (Uniontown)
    • Warren County (Bowling Green)
    • Added spectrum carriers or an extra layer of frequency to more than 50 cell sites across Kentucky and more than 40 cell sites in the city of Lexington to support more traffic.
    • Upgraded over 120 new cell sites for mobile broadband in the following counties and cities:
      • Anderson County (Lawrenceburg)
      • Barren County (Cave City)
      • Bullitt County (Lebanon Junction)
      • Calloway County (Almo and Murray)
      • Casey County (Hustonville and Liberty)
      • Clark County (Winchester)
      • Daviess County (Owensboro and Utica)
      • Edmonson County (Smiths Grove)
      • Fleming County (Ewing County)
      • Floyd County (Allen, Betsy Lane, Martin and Prestonsburg)
      • Garrard County (Lancaster)
      • Hardin County (Eastview and Elizabethtown)
      • Henderson County (Henderson and Spottsville)
      • Hopkins (Madisonville and White Plains)
      • Jefferson County (Jeffersontown and Louisville)
      • Jessamine County (Nicholasville and Wilmore)
      • Johnson County (Hagerhill and Staffordsville)
      • Knox County (Corbin)
      • Larue County (Hodgenville and New Haven)
      • Laurel County (East Bernstadt, Lily and London)
      • Lincoln County (Crab Orchard, Eubank, Hustonville, Stanford and Waynesburg)
      • Livingston County (Grand Rivers)
      • Madison (Berea and Richmond)
      • Magoffin County (Salyersville)
      • Mason County (Mays Lick and Maysville)
      • Meade County (Brandenburg)
      • Menifee (Denniston, Frenchburg and Means)
      • Mercer County (Harrodsburg)
      • Montgomery County (Mt. Sterling)
      • Muhlenberg County (Central City, Drakesboro, Graham and Greenville)
      • Nelson County (Bardstown, Bloomfield, Coxs Creek and Samuels)
      • Nicholas County (Carlisle)
      • Ohio County (Hartford)
      • Pike County (Pikeville)
      • Pulaski County (Somerset)
      • Robertson County (Ewing)
      • Rockcastle County (Brodhead and Mt. Vernon)
      • Shelby County (Shelbyville)
      • Simpson County (Franklin)
      • Taylor County (Campbellsville)
      • Todd County (Guthrie)
      • Union County (Uniontown)
      • Warren County (Bowling Green, Smiths Grove and Woodburn)
      • Whitley County (Corbin)
      • Woodford County (Versailles)

      Last year, AT&T also installed a Distributed Antenna System (DAS) at the YUM! Center in downtown Louisville.  The DAS is designed to increase the amount of wireless voice and data traffic that the network is able to handle at large capacity gatherings, such as basketball games, where demand on the network is at its peak.  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.

      “We’re always looking for new opportunities to provide an extraordinary mobile broadband experience and our investment in our Kentucky wireless network is just one way we’re accomplishing that,” said AT&T Kentucky President Mary Pat Regan.  “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.”

      AT&T plans to support the build or upgrade of thousands of cell sites nationwide to increase network speed, coverage and reliability for both mobile voice and broadband services. AT&T also plans to install additional radio “carriers” at thousands of cell sites nationally this year, enabling new layers of spectrum capacity to carry larger volumes of mobile broadband traffic. Additional capacity helps support rising mobile data traffic volumes, which have increased more than 8,000 percent over the past four years.

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

      The local improvements are part of AT&T’s statewide investment to make its  mobile broadband network even faster and provide customers with an advanced mobile broadband experience.

      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 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.

      *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.

      **4G speeds delivered by HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. Available in limited areas. Availability increasing with ongoing backhaul deployment. 4G device required. 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.