AT&T Adds More Capacity to 50 Cell Sites, Activates 12 New Sites in Panama City

More Than $425 Million Invested in AT&T Florida Wireless and Wireline Networks in First Half of 2011

Panama City, Florida, September 27, 2011

AT&T* customers in Panama City are expected to experience improved mobile broadband coverage and voice and data connectivity as a result of continued investment by AT&T. The company announced today network improvements made since the beginning of 2011 to enhance the performance of its mobile broadband network along beach highways, bay resorts, commercial areas and to the new airport.

To date, AT&T has made the following improvements in the Panama City area:

  • Added some 40 spectrum carriers or an extra layer of frequency to more than 30 cell sites to support more traffic.
    • Capacity was added to sites ranging from Southport to the North of downtown Panama City, into downtown and Lynn Haven, as well as sites covering Panama City Beach. 
    • Capacity was added to sites in the high traffic areas along Panama City Beach, ranging from Gulf Resort Beach down to Gulf Lagoon Beach and Edgewater. 
  • Installed 11 new cell sites to improve network voice and data service in the area of:
    • New Panama City Bay County International Airport – providing new coverage to the airport and the Lake Merial community, as well as along State Road 77 for the neighboring Washington County commuters.
    • Route 20 & State Road 77 Crossroads – providing new coverage north of Lake Mariel at the crossroads of Route 20 and State Road 77, as well a provide access to the New Panama City Bay County International Airport, and along I-10 from Washington County into Lynn Haven and downtown Panama City.
    • Collegiate Road Area – providing new coverage along the Intracoastal Waterway, the bridge across St. Andrews Bay along Hwy 98, as well as to the working ports and marinas.
    • Oak Knoll Road Area – providing new coverage in Central Bay County, serving high traffic County Roads and Lake Haven on Deer Point Lake.
    • Oakland Terrace Area - providing new coverage to the dense residential area near St. Andrews Bay, as well as Highway 98 and Beach Drive.
    • Panama City Beach/US 98 – providing new coverage around Panama City Beach and in the area of US 98 and North Glades Trail, including parts of Coyote Pass.
    • Old Allantown Road Area – providing new coverage in the Greenfield East Bay area, including Sandy Creek.
    • East Callaway – providing new coverage along Highway 22 in the area of County Road 2297, as well as Bicycle Road, for commuters, residents, and the surrounding marina and boat slips.
    • Transmitter Road Area – providing new coverage along US 98 south to Callaway, as well as along Transmitter Rd between US 231 and US 98.
    • Boggy Creek Area – providing new coverage to the East side of Panama City along State Road 22 and to Callaway.
    • Redwood Avenue Area – providing new coverage to the area east of downtown Panama City as well as along US 98 and US 231.

AT&T also added a cell site along the Emerald Coast in Mexico Beach to provide new coverage to the beach area and major beach access roads, as well as access roads to Tyndall Air Force Base.

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.

AT&T is continually looking for new ways to provide enhanced coverage and AT&T customers are benefiting from the improvements made in the area. AT&T has the fastest mobile broadband network in Panama City, as well as no one has fewer dropped calls than AT&T or a more reliable voice network that AT&T in Panama City.

“More than ever before, customers look to wireless communications to stay in touch with family, friends and business colleagues,” said Rich Guidotti, vice president and general manager, AT&T North Florida. “We’re working to make this possible by investing in new wireless coverage along the Emerald Coast. In addition, our recently announced agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA represents a major commitment to 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."

“Florida has set the standard for building jobs and investment based on a consumer-focused environment,” said Marshall Criser, lll, AT&T Florida president. “Just recently, our elected leaders reinforced that commitment by passing the Regulatory Reform Act sponsored by Senator David Simmons, Representative Mike Horner and primary co-sponsor Representative Alan Williams. Through their insight and the leadership of Governor Rick Scott, Senate President Mike Haridopolos and House Speaker Dean Cannon, Florida has one of the most competitive economies for technology investment. As customer demand for services like mobile broadband grows, all Floridians benefit from the choices available to them and the workforce that is needed to meet expanding demand.”

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