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AT&T Invests More Than $625 Million in Maryland from 2009 through 2011 to Improve Local Networks

Company Builds New Cell Sites, Boosts Capacity and Adds Fiber Optics to Enhance Networks

Annapolis, Maryland, February 17, 2012

AT&T* invested more than $625 million in its Maryland wireless and wireline networks from 2009 through 2011 with a focus on improving the company’s mobile broadband coverage and overall performance of its networks.

During 2011, AT&T made more than 1,350 wireless network upgrades in four key categories in Maryland. These enhancements include:

  • Activating more than 15 new cell sites or towers to improve network coverage.
  • Deploying faster fiber-optic connections to more than 750 cell sites. Combined with HSPA+ technology, these deployments enable 4G speeds**.
  • Adding capacity or an extra layer of frequency to cell sites – like adding lanes to a highway – with the addition of nearly more than 575 of these layers, or “carriers”.
  • Upgrading six cell sites to provide fast mobile broadband speeds.

AT&T also launched its new 4G LTE network in Baltimore and surrounding suburbs and in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC.

“Our goal is to deliver a network experience that mobilizes everything for customers,” said Rob Forsyth, vice president and general manager for AT&T in the greater Washington/Baltimore area. “The ongoing investment we’re making in Maryland is designed to increase coverage and reliability, and to provide advanced services to our customers. Paired with our recent launch of our 4G LTE network in the greater Baltimore region, customers can use wireless technology to its full potential.”

CNN Money recently recognized AT&T for enhancing its wireless network. Last year, AT&T completed 150,000 network enhancements across the country, more than triple the year before, giving customers more capacity and faster speeds, as well as improving 3G dropped-call performance by 25 percent.

“More than ever, we use wireless communications to stay connected with family, friends and business colleagues,” said J. Michael Schweder, president of AT&T Mid Atlantic. “Our ongoing investments in our wireless network will keep Maryland’s residents and businesses connected and continue to drive economic growth in the state.”

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. In addition, AT&T plans to install additional radio “carriers” at thousands of cell sites nationally, enabling new layers of spectrum capacity to carry larger volumes of mobile broadband traffic. Additional capacity helps support rising mobile data traffic volumes, which continue to increase at a rapid pace.

AT&T operates the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network*** with nearly 30,000 hotspots in the U.S. and provides access to nearly 220,000 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 Maryland 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.