AT&T Details more than 120 Wireless Network Upgrades in 2011 in Youngstown Area
Company Builds New Cell Sites, Boosts Capacity and Adds Fiber Optics to Enhance Networks
Youngstown, Ohio, February 02, 2012
AT&T* invested more than $1.4 billion in its Ohio 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 120 wireless network upgrades in three key categories in the Youngstown-Warren-East Liverpool** area. These enhancements include:
- Deploying faster fiber-optic connections to 35 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 more than 45 of these layers, or “carriers”.
- Upgrading nearly 40 cell sites to provide fast mobile broadband speeds.
“Our goal is to deliver a network experience that mobilizes everything for customers. The ongoing investment we’re making in Ohio is designed to increase coverage and reliability, and to provide advanced services to our customers,” said Larry Evans, vice president and general manager, AT&T Ohio and western Pennsylvania.
AT&T Ohio state president, Tom Pelto, said his company’s local investment creates many advantages for the people of Ohio. “A recent study by the NDN think tank found that innovation has driven continued investments to upgrade the wireless broadband infrastructure in America, including transitions from 2G to 3G and now from 3G to 4G,” said Pelto. “The world is going wireless, and this technology is enabling, empowering, enriching and enhancing lives at work, at play and everywhere in between. This investment has spurred significant new job creation and growth across all sectors of the economy and has fostered employment for U.S. workers.”
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.
“The wireless network upgrades in the Youngstown area can only help my constituents and local businesses, who are working hard to rebuild Ohio’s economy,” said State Senator Joe Schiavoni. “Access to the latest technologies via mobile broadband is critical for businesses and consumers to remain competitive, and I would like to thank AT&T for their positive investment in our community.”
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 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 Ohio 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.
**Network related numbers represent both the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman MSA and the East Liverpool-Salem MSA.
***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.