Source: PR Newswire
DRESDEN, Ohio, Sept. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — As part of its continuing network investment to support growing demand for advanced mobile devices and applications, AT&T* today announced the activation of two new mobile broadband cell sites inDresden and Dillon Lake that will enhance coverage for area residents and businesses. With mobile broadband speeds, AT&T customers can surf the Web, download files faster, and enjoy the very latest interactive mobile applications.
“An investment to enhance the wireless network is a positive development for the Muskingum County area,” said State SenatorTroy Balderson. “Furthermore, I feel it promises to bring even more increased mobile broadband throughout southeasternOhio so companies and businesses in our district can take advantage of what the technology has to offer.”
The new cell sites are one part of AT&T’s ongoing efforts to drive investment and innovation to deliver the nation’s best, most advanced mobile broadband experience for customers. With the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T provides accelerated mobile data speeds and simultaneous voice and data capabilities. AT&T invested more than $200 million in itsOhio wireless and wireline networks in the first half of 2011.
“Our goal is for our customers to have an extraordinary experience. As part of the Muskingum County community, we’re always looking for new opportunities to provide enhanced coverage, and our investment in the local wireless network is just one way we’re accomplishing that,” said Larry Evans, vice president and general manager, AT&T Ohio and Western Pennsylvania.
“In addition, our recently announced agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA will strengthen and expand our network in Ohio,” saidTom Pelto, president, AT&T Ohio. “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’s mobile broadband network is based on the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) family of technologies that includes GSM and UMTS, the most widely used wireless network platforms in the world. AT&T has the broadest international coverage of any U.S. wireless provider, providing access to voice service in more than 220 countries and data service in more than 200 countries. AT&T also offers voice and data roaming coverage on more than 135 major cruise ships, as well as mobile broadband services in more than 130 countries.
“I am pleased to hear of AT&T’s announcement to bring mobile broadband to the Dresden area,” said State Representative Brian Hill.
AT&T also operates the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network** with nearly 27,000 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 Muskingum County or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit theAT&T Coverage Viewer. Using the online tool, AT&T customers can measure quality of coverage from a street address, intersection, ZIP code or even a landmark.