AT&T Answers the Need for Speed in Suffolk County
Company Delivers Supercharged Wireless Access to Mobile Applications and Interactive Content to More Places on Long Island
Deer Park, New York, July 2, 2008
Watch video on the go. Surf the wireless Internet at DSL-like speeds. Share live video during a cell phone call. AT&T (NYSE:T) announced today these services and more are available on the third-generation (3G) mobile broadband network in Suffolk County which will also include the iPhone 3G launching on July 11. The AT&T 3G network on Long Island now extends from New York City through Nassau, Suffolk Counties out to Montauk Point and covers Fire Island, Shelter Island and Fisher's Island.
"AT&T is committed to delivering a superior network experience every time our customers make a call, send a text message or read an e-mail on their AT&T wireless device," said Jay Summerson, vice president, AT&T External Affairs for New York. "In 2008, AT&T plans to spend more than $200 million to enhance, expand coverage and capacity and grow the 3G network. Since 2005, AT&T's planned investment in the state has exceeded more than $1 billion."
With the addition of 3G technology to over 100 cell sites, AT&T's fastest wireless data network is available in Babylon, Huntington, Islip, Smithtown, Brookhaven, Riverhead, East Hampton, South Hampton and Southold. The network upgrade also gives students, faculty and visitors to Stony Brook University, Suffolk County Community College, Polytechnic University, and Southampton College of Long Island University fast and dependable wireless access to entertainment, news, e-mail and the Internet.
The 3G network was also been beefed up along the Long Island Expressway, Northern State Parkway, Southern State Parkway, Sunrise Highway, Sagtikos/Sunken Meadow Parkway and Routes 25 & 25A and along the Port Jefferson, Ronkonkoma and Montauk branches of the Long Island Railroad.
Benefits of the AT&T 3G Network
AT&T's 3G network provides the simultaneous delivery of voice and data — a capability not offered by all wireless providers. With a compatible 3G device, consumers connect to razor-sharp clips through CV, an on-demand streaming video service, and can quickly download games, pictures and the latest music, entertainment, news and weather through MEdia™ Net, the company's mobile Internet portal. The 3G network can also allow customers to take advantage of groundbreaking services such as AT&T Video Share which allows users to share live video over wireless phones while carrying on a voice call. Road warriors can use their device as a wireless modem for their laptop and dial into a conference call at the same time.
"Mobile business users can increase productivity with quick access to large files, corporate applications or the Internet with AT&T's LaptopConnect," said Tom DeVito, vice president and general manager for AT&T's wireless division in New York and New Jersey. "All that's required is a LaptopConnect card or a laptop with embedded 3G service, software and an AT&T data plan.
AT&T uses HSPA/UMTS (High Speed Packet Access/Universal Mobile Telephone System) technology, which is based on the world standard GSM (Global Systems for Mobile Communications).
HSPA is the most advanced GSM data technology, providing average downlink speeds between 700-1700 kilobits per second (Kbps) for advanced devices. These enhanced speeds allow AT&T customers to download a 5 MB file in 25 seconds, a three minute song (about 3MB) in 15 seconds and a Ringtone that might take one minute and 45 seconds over slower mobile technologies — only takes an average of 25 seconds on AT&T's 3G network.
With the new addition of HSUPA (High Speed Uplink Packet Access) technology, AT&T customers can enjoy uplink speeds between 500 and 1.4 Mbps. The new upload speeds complement AT&T's 3G download capabilities, which currently offer up to 1.7 Mbps across all markets for customers who have capable devices, such as AT&T's LaptopConnect wireless modems.
Equally as important as the network is the device through which a customer experiences it. AT&T's handset portfolio in company-owned stores is more than 75 percent 3G-capable — and will be even more enticing with a fresh selection of 3G-enabled smartphones in the summer and fall of 2008.
AT&T's 3G network is now available in 280 U.S. major metropolitan areas. The company will deliver 3G service to nearly 350 leading U.S. markets by the end of 2008.
Customers who use a GSM phone, such as those offered by AT&T, can take their device and browse the Web and perform other data functions in more than 145 countries. They can make a wireless phone call in 200 countries and territories or on 75 cruise ships worldwide.
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