AT&T Expands Mobile Broadband Wireless Capacity in Southwest Florida

Additional Spectrum Expected to Improve Connectivity and Performance of Mobile Broadband Data and Voice Connectivity

Fort Myers, Florida, December 19, 2011

Local customers are expected to experience improved  mobile broadband voice and data performance as a result of continued investment by AT&T* in southwest Florida. The company announced today that it has completed upgrades to 30 cell sites in Lee, Charlotte and Collier counties to enhance the wireless capacity and performance of its mobile broadband network.

The network upgrades involved adding additional layers of frequency, also known as “carriers,” to the sites. 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 Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, and Lehigh Acres in Lee County; Rotonda and Punta Gorda in Charlotte County; and Naples in Collier County.

“Our goal is for our customers to have an extraordinary experience. As part of the southwest Florida 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 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.”

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

“We want 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 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.