AT&T Brings Mobile Broadband Network to Elizabeth City

Local Wireless Network Upgrade Extends Access to Advanced Products, Services and Applications

Elizabeth City, North Carolina, September 23, 2011

AT&T* today announced the availability of its mobile broadband network in Elizabeth City, extending access for advanced mobile services, devices and feature-rich audio and video content to customers in Elizabeth City and along the major corridors in the area; including US-17 from Elizabeth City north to Chesapeake Virginia and US 158 from Elizabeth City east to the Outer Banks.

AT&T is an industry leader in delivering the benefits of mobile broadband networks, devices and applications. With the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T provides accelerated mobile data speeds and simultaneous voice and data capabilities for an amazing wireless voice and data experience.

“I’m pleased to see companies investing in Elizabeth City,” said State Representative Bill Owens.  “This investment in mobile broadband will help our community grow and will allow businesses and families to have a more reliable and effective network to communicate with.”

“Demand for wireless bandwidth is growing rapidly, and we want to meet that demand for our customers,” said AT&T Regional Director of External Affairs John Lyon.  “We’re excited to bring mobile broadband to Elizabeth City. Our recently announced agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA also represents a major commitment to strengthen and expand our network. In fact, this deal, if approved, 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.”

“We want you to have an extraordinary experience whether you are sharing videos and photos with fiends, watching a movie, checking the latest scores or keeping your business mobile on your AT&T device,” said Erika K. Thompson-Kemp, vice president and general manager for AT&T in Virginia and West Virginia. “Smartphone, tablets and laptops are continuing to drive unprecedented demand for wireless access everywhere.  We’re investing in a combination of technologies right here in Elizabeth City to meet these needs.”

AT&T’s mobile broadband network is based on the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) family of technologies that includes GSM and UMTS, the most widely used wireless network platforms in the world. AT&T has the broadest 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 offers voice and data roaming coverage on more than 135 major cruise ships, as well as mobile broadband services in more than 130 countries.

AT&T also operates the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network** with nearly 27,000 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 Elizabeth City 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 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.