AT&T Completes Nearly 275 Wireless Network Upgrades in Southwest Florida During 2011

Company Builds New Cell Sites, Boosts Capacity and Adds Fiber Optics to Enhance Networks

Fort Myers, Florida, February 20, 2012

AT&T* announced today nearly 275 wireless network upgrades were completed during 2011 in  Lee, Collier, Charlotte and Hendry counties. The enhancements were in four key categories and include:

  • Activating four new cell sites to improve network coverage.
  • Deploying faster fiber-optic connections to more than 110 cell sites. Combined with HSPA+ technology, these deployments enable 4G speeds**.
  • Adding capacity or an extra layer of frequency to cell sites – like adding lanes to a highway – with the addition of nearly 150 of these layers, or “carriers”.
  • Upgrading nearly 20 cell sites to provide fast mobile broadband speeds.

“Our goal is to deliver a network experience that mobilizes everything for customers,” said Rich Guidotti, vice president and general manager, AT&T Mobility & Consumer Markets for West, Central and North Florida. “The ongoing investment we’re making in Southwest Florida area is designed to increase coverage and reliability, and to provide advanced services to our customers.”

CNN Money recently recognized AT&T for enhancing its wireless network. Last year, AT&T completed 150,000 network enhancements across the country, more than triple the year before, giving customers more capacity and faster speeds, as well as improving 3G dropped-call performance by 25 percent.

“Florida is a great place to do business,” said Marshall Criser, lll, president, AT&T Florida. “AT&T’s strong and sustained investment in our Florida wireline and wireless networks demonstrates our confidence that Florida’s elected leaders have created an economic environment that rewards investment with incredible opportunity to succeed.” 

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. In addition, AT&T plans to install additional radio “carriers” at thousands of cell sites nationally, enabling new layers of spectrum capacity to carry larger volumes of mobile broadband traffic. Additional capacity helps support rising mobile data traffic volumes, which continue to increase at a rapid pace.

AT&T operates the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network*** with nearly 30,000 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 the Southwest Florida 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.