AT&T Mobility to Add Nearly 100 New Cell Sites in Florida This Year
Company Continues to Expand Nation's Fastest 3G Wireless Network in the Sunshine State
Miami, Florida, February 9, 2009
As people's lives become increasingly mobile and fast-paced, AT&T Mobility is expanding its Florida network to help customers keep up with the speed of life. The company announced today it plans to add some 100 new cell sites throughout Florida in 2009, and nearly 600 throughout the Southeast Region. The planned sites are part of AT&T Mobility's ongoing expansion of its third-generation (3G) network, the nation's fastest 3G network, according to recent data compiled by leading independent wireless research firms.
"Our mission is to connect people with their world, everywhere they live and work, and to do it better than anyone else," said Marshall Criser, III, president, AT&T Florida. "The investment we're making in Florida will help us fulfill this vision."
AT&T Mobility has invested nearly $725 million in its Florida network since 2006. As part of its 2009 investment, the company plans to introduce 3G service in Ocala, Panama City, St. Augustine, Palm Coast, Palatka, and Lake City and expand its 3G footprint in Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Gainesville, Daytona Beach, Cape Canaveral and Melbourne.
The AT&T Mobility 3G network delivers LaptopConnect users typical downlink speeds ranging between 700 kilobits per second (Kbps) and 1.7 megabits per second (Mbps), and faster uplink speeds ranging between 500 Kbps and 1.2 Mbps. The super-charged network opens the door to a new era of advanced mobile services, devices and feature-rich audio and video content, such as AT&T Video ShareSM, a first-of-its-kind technology that allows users to share live video during a wireless call.
The company's 2009 network build-out plan includes approximately 30 new sites in South Florida, 25 in West Florida, 20 in Central Florida and 25 in North Florida. Some of the areas that will benefit from the expanded coverage include:
- Monroe County — Key West, Lower Matecumbe Key
- Miami-Dade County — Homestead, Kendall, Miami, Hialeah
- Broward County — Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Southwest Ranches, Parkland, Lighthouse Point
- Palm Beach County — Boynton Beach, Palm Springs, Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, West Palm Beach
- Martin County — Stuart
- St. Lucie County — White City, Fort Pierce
- Indian River County — Vero Beach
- Okeechobee County — Okeechobee
- Citrus County — Beverly Hills
- Hernando County — Spring Hill
- Pasco County — Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills, Hudson, Odessa
- Pinellas County — St. Petersburg, Indian Rocks Beach, Shore Acres, Lake Maggiore
- Hillsborough County — Plant City, Tampa, New Tampa
- Sarasota County — Nokomis
- Charlotte County — Punta Gorda
- Lee County — Bonita Springs, Lehigh Acres, Estero
- Collier County — Naples
- Volusia County — Daytona Beach, Orange City. Ormond Beach
- Marion County — Ocala
- Seminole County — Sanford, Lake Mary
- Orange County — Orlando
- Polk County — Lakeland
- Brevard County — Palm Bay, Satellite Beach, Melbourne
- Flagler County — Korona, Palm Coast, Bunnell
- St. Johns County — St. Augustine
- Clay County — Middleburg
- Duval County — Jacksonville
- Alachua County — Gainesville
- Leon County — Tallahassee
- Jackson County — Marianna
- Suwannee County — Live Oak
- Nassau County — Callahan, Italia
- Bay County — Panama City, Panama City Beach
AT&T Mobility added more than 50 new cell sites in Florida last year and completed 3G network expansions in St. Lucie, Indian River, Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Pasco, Hernando, Polk, Osceola and Lake counties. Additionally, two major network projects in South Florida and Tampa significantly increased 3G capacity in those areas.
The company's 3G network is now available in nearly 350 U.S. major metropolitan areas, including the majority of Florida.
AT&T Mobility's network is built on the GSM standard — the most open and widely used technology in the world. The company's devices work in more than 200 countries and regions.
For more information about AT&T Mobility's coverage in Florida or anywhere in the United States, consumers can go to http://www.wireless.att.com/coverageviewer/. The online tool can measure the quality of coverage based on a street address, intersection, ZIP code or even a landmark.
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