AT&T Boosts Capacity on more than 70 Cell Sites to Support Mobile Broadband Growth in Tampa Bay Area

Tampa, Florida, November 16, 2011

Local customers are expected to experience improved  mobile broadband voice and data performance as a result of continued investment by AT&T* in the Tampa Bay area. The company today announced that it has completed upgrades to 73 cell sites in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties to enhance the wireless capacity and performance of its mobile broadband network..

The network upgrade involved adding additional layers of frequency, also known as “carriers,” to 43 cell sites in Hillsborough County, 22 sites in Pinellas County and eight cell sites in Pasco County. The additional capacity makes it possible for the sites to accommodate more traffic, which helps improve the performance of mobile broadband data and voice connectivity.

The areas benefitting from the additional capacity are Tampa, Lutz, Odessa, Plant City, Seffner, Wimauma, Dover, and Ruskin in Hillsborough County; St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Largo, Indian Rocks Beach, Seminole, Clearwater Beach, Dunedin, Pinellas Park, Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor, and Safety Harbor in Pinellas County; and New Port Richey, Holiday, and Land O’Lakes in Pasco County.

“Our goal is for our customers to have an extraordinary experience. As part of the Tampa community, we’re always looking for new opportunities to provide an enhanced customer experience and our investment in the local wireless network is just one way we’re accomplishing that,” said Rich Guidotti, vice president and general manager, AT&T Mobility & Consumer Markets for West, Central and North Florida. “In addition, our recently announced agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA will 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 recently launched "Focus: Tampa-St. Petersburg," which provides visitors a peek into AT&T's wireless network enhancements made in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties since the beginning of the year. Enhancements include new cell sites, capacity upgrades and network connection upgrades.

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

“Florida has set the standard for building jobs and investment based on a consumer-focused environment,” said Marshall Criser, lll, AT&T Florida president. “This year, 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.” 

 AT&T has the best international coverage of any U.S. wireless provider, providing access to voice service in more than 225 countries and data service in more than 200 countries. AT&T also operates the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network** with more than 29,000 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 the Tampa market, or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer.

For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.