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AT&T Adds More Capacity to Nearly 50 Cell Sites, Activates New Site in Tampa Market

Tampa, Florida, October 27, 2011

Customers in the Tampa market area are expected to experience improved mobile broadband data and voice performance as a result of continued investment and innovation by AT&T*. The company announced today that it has activated a new cell site in Citrus County and added additional capacity to 48 more sites in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Citrus, Sarasota, and Manatee counties in its ongoing efforts to enhance the wireless capacity and performance of its local mobile broadband network.

The capacity upgrade involved adding additional layers of frequency, also known as "carriers,” to the cell sites. The additional capacity makes it possible for the sites to accommodate more traffic, which helps improve the performance of mobile broadband data and voice connectivity.

The areas benefitting from the extra mobile broadband capacity include Tampa, Thonotosassa, Plant City, Dover, Lithia, Durant, Lutz, and Odessa in Hillsborough County; Pinellas Park, St. Petersburg and Clearwater in Pinellas County; Land O’ Lakes and Odessa in Pasco County; Brooksville in Hernando County; Crystal River, Floral City and Lady Lake in Citrus County; Palmetto, Rubonia, Parrish, and Bradenton in Manatee County; and North Port, Venice, Sarasota, and Nokomis in Sarasota County.

The new cell site in Citrus County is expanding coverage and capacity in Inverness.

"Our goal is for our customers to have an extraordinary experience. As part of the West Florida 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 Rich Guidotti, vice president and general manager, AT&T Mobility & Consumer Markets for West, Central and 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.”

AT&T invested more than $425 million in its Florida wireless and wireline networks in the first half of 2011.

"We want to deliver a network experience that mobilizes everything for customers,” said Marshall Criser, III, AT&T Florida president. "The ongoing investment we’re making in Florida is designed to increase coverage, reliability and offers advanced services for our customers so they can do more with their wireless devices.” 

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 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 West Florida 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.