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Rockville, MD – (August 25, 2011 ) – AT&T* today announced plans to continue to upgrade cell sites across Montgomery County as part of its 2011 initiative to deliver the nation’s most-advanced mobile broadband experience.
The Montgomery County network enhancements are part of AT&T’s plan to invest in the $20-billion range in its national wireless and wireline networks. The investment will support plans to enable 4G speeds over an increasing portion of the country throughout the year, including the planned initial launch of LTE beginning mid-year and the deployment of enhanced backhaul connections that enable 4G speeds**.The 2011 investment will also support the build and upgrade of thousands of cell sites nationwide designed to increase network speed, coverage and reliability for both mobile voice and broadband services. AT&T also plans to install additional radio “carriers” at thousands of cell sites nationally this year, enabling new layers of spectrum capacity to carry larger volumes of mobile broadband traffic. This additional capacity enables AT&T to support rising mobile data traffic volumes, which have increased more than 8,000 percent over the past four years.
Renee Winsky, CEO of the Tech Council of Maryland, recently met with AT&T executives to discuss the need for investments in wireless infrastructure for the state’s growing high-tech sector.
“When companies like AT&T invest in their networks, our members win,” said Winsky. “We’re always eager to hear more about companies’ plans to make our state competitive so that our tech sector can continue to drive economic growth in Maryland. I was pleased to learn more about AT&T’s efforts in our region and our state.”
Today’s announcement builds on the momentum established with AT&T’s 2010 wireless investment. Over the past two years, AT&T has built seven new cell sites in Montgomery County, upgraded the majority of existing cell sites to mobile broadband and implemented capacity increases at more than 100 cell sites across the county. In addition, AT&T installed new in-building Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) consisting of several strategically-placed antennas that distribute AT&T’s wireless network coverage throughout the buildings, providing for more efficient management of wireless capacity in heavily-trafficked areas. From 2008 to 2010, AT&T’s capital investment in its Washington, DC area wireline and wireless networks was nearly $775 million.
“The Tech Council of Maryland’s members – and all Marylanders – want and need access to faster mobile broadband and voice networks. A more advanced mobile broadband experience drives economic growth, stimulates jobs and equips Montgomery County businesses to meet the network demands of today and tomorrow,” said Denis Dunn, regional vice president for AT&T external affairs in Maryland “We’ve significantly ramped up our wireless investments to enable an experience that offers Montgomery County consumers better speed, better reliability and better availability. In addition, our recently announced agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA also represents a major commitment to 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.”
Across the country, AT&T also continues to drive innovation in network technologies to provide maximum efficiency and performance for customers. In 2011, AT&T will focus on continuing to enhance its wireless network forecasting capabilities to better predict usage trends and build network capacity to always stay one step ahead of customer need. AT&T also continues to pioneer broadband solutions for high-traffic areas like stadiums and public places, deploying technologies including Distributed Access System networks and AT&T Wi-Fi hotzones.
“Smartphones, tablets and laptops are continuing to drive unprecedented demand for wireless access everywhere,” said Colin Martin, executive director of sales for AT&T in the Washington, DC area, who joined the meeting with the Tech Council of Maryland. ”We’re investing in and deploying a combination of technologies to meet these needs and ensure an advanced broadband experience.”
“As a locally owned and operated office equipment dealership serving customers throughout the greater Washington, D.C. area, strong, consistent mobile broadband coverage is critical to our business success,” said Daniel Kaufman, vice president at Ameritel Corporation. “We rely on AT&T to help us stay connected and operate efficiently on the job, ultimately supporting our ability to deliver optimal customer service and help lead the charge for innovation in our region.”
AT&T operates the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network*** with more than 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.
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.
For more information about AT&T’s coverage in Montgomery County 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.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile broadband and emerging 4G capabilities, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T │DIRECTV brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising.
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ABOUT THE TECH COUNCIL OF MARYLAND
The Tech Council of Maryland (TCM) is the largest technology trade group serving the advanced technology and biotechnology communities of Maryland. TCM’s mission is to advocate for the interests of the technology community, further the role of technology in the Maryland economy, and nurture an environment where technology companies can collaborate, grow and succeed. For more information, visit www.techcouncilmd.com.