More Than 250 AT&T Cell Sites Upgraded Year-To-Date to Provide Advanced Mobile Broadband Experience for Tampa Bay Area Customers

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

Tampa, Florida, August 30, 2011

AT&T* customers in the Tampa Bay area are expected to experience improved mobile broadband coverage and voice performance as a result of continued investment by AT&T. The company announced today network improvements made year-to-date to enhance the wireless capacity and performance of its local mobile broadband network.

Since the start of 2011, AT&T has made the following improvements in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, and Citrus counties:

  • Deployed enhanced backhaul connections to approximately 150 cell sites. Combined with HSPA+ technology, these backhaul deployments enable 4G speeds.
  • Added spectrum carriers or an extra layer of frequency (capacity) to approximately 110 cell sites to support more traffic.
    • Hillsborough County — Added additional mobile broadband capacity to more than 60 cell sites in the areas of Tampa, Plant City, Lithia, Durant, Gibsonton, Apollo Beach, Wimauma, Ruskin, Sun City Center, Brandon, Riverview, and Valrico.
    • Pinellas County — Added additional mobile broadband capacity to 20 cell sites in the areas of St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Dunedin, Largo, Belleair Bluffs, Pinellas Park, Tierra Verde, Oldsmar, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor, and Tarpon Springs. 
    • Pasco County — Added additional mobile broadband capacity to more than 10 cell sites in Zephyrhills, Spring Hill, Dade City, Wesley Chapel, Lutz, Land O' Lakes, Odessa, New Port Richey, Hudson, and Port Richey.
    • Hernando County — Added additional mobile broadband capacity to five cell sites in Brooksville and Spring Hill.
    • Citrus County — Added additional mobile broadband capacity to a dozen cell sites in Homosassa, Lecanto, Beverly Hills, Crystal River, Hernando, Dunnellon, Floral City, and Inverness.
  • Installed three new cell sites to improve network coverage in the areas of Davis Island and the mall on West Shore Boulevard in Hillsborough County, and near the intersection of Mariner and Northcliffe boulevards in Spring Hill in Hernando County.

"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 Mobility & Consumer Markets for West, Central and North Florida. "We're working to make this possible by investing in new wireless coverage in the Tampa area. 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."

AT&T invested more than $425 million in its Florida wireless and wireline networks in the first half of 2011.

"Our goal is to deliver a network experience that mobilizes everything for customers," said Marshall Criser, III, AT&T Florida president. "The ongoing investment we're making in Florida is designed to increase coverage, reliability and offers advanced services for our customers so they can do more with their wireless devices." 

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.

For more information about AT&T's coverage in the Tampa area 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.