July 25, 2008
AT&T Enhances Wireless Network for Hampton Roads Customers
RICHMOND, Va., July 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AT&T Inc. is supporting its continued commitment to Hampton Roads with the largest wireless network investment in the region since 2005. With nearly $100 million investment planned for the state this year, the company's four-year territory planned investment total is expected to be more than $350 million.
AT&T has delivered dramatic change in Hampton Roads -- a direct result of the company's ongoing efforts to expand and enhance its network operations and the synergies that come from being part of the world's largest communications company."AT&T's network in Hampton Roads is better than ever. This year's planned network investment underscores our dedication to provide high quality wireless service wherever our customers live, work and play," said J. Michael Schweder, President, AT&T Mid-Atlantic Region. "It's all about our customers. Every AT&T wireless call is important to us, whether it's checking in with folks at home, chatting with friends, or making that important business call. These network upgrades bring us closer to our goal of ensuring that customers can call whoever they want, whenever they want in more places."
Part of the 2008 investment plan calls for 76 new cell sites in the state, including 26 planned sites in the Hampton Roads area. Four sites are already beefing up coverage -- one along South Henry Street in Williamsburg, another in Chesapeake City, one west of Elizabeth City, North Carolina and a fourth off US60 between Williamsburg and Yorktown.
The remaining 22 sites will enhance and expand coverage to the following areas later this year:
-- Oak Grove -- Birdneck Point -- City of Chesapeake by Johnstown Road -- Near Douglas Road -- Between Bell Mills Rd and Rt. 104 -- Area surrounding Honey Bee Golf Club -- Ferrell Parkway by Virginia Beach -- North of Western Highway, I-64 -- South Hill Community -- Aragona Boulevard and North Witchduck Road. -- West of Old Dominion University community -- Along Portsmouth (SR-337) and Victory Boulevards (SR-239) -- Cavalier Boulevard -- US-13 South -- Beach Road in Hampton -- Magruder Blvd -- Christopher Newport University -- Crawford Rd in Yorktown -- US-60 -- Williamsburg -- Ford's Colony in Williamsburg -- Severn and Maryus
Planned 2008 investment in the state also calls for enhanced coverage in Richmond with 17 sites, Roanoke with 15 sites, Charlottesville with six sites, Harrisonburg with five sites, Danville with four sites and Lynchburg with three sites. These sites will complement the high speed third generation (3G) wireless network that the company launched in 2007 to boost coverage and capacity in Hampton Roads and Richmond. In addition, the company also completed 61 new cell sites in 2007, including bringing coverage to Norfolk Airport.
"With more smartphones than any other carrier, the largest music library and more than 90,000 choices available on Media Mall, our e-commerce platform, we offer maximum choice for customers to select the wireless experience that best fits their lifestyle," said Erika Thompson, vice president and general manager for AT&T's wireless operations in Virginia and West Virginia. "Our mobile broadband network not only provides a faster more robust wireless experience for local customers, but lets them take advantage of cutting edge applications like Video Share, our one-of-a-kind service that allows users to share live streaming video."
The AT&T 3G network -- the nation's fastest 3G network -- is now available to residents and visitors of the Outer Banks, North Carolina. Extending from Corolla through Kitty Hawk and down through Rodanthe and Avon to Hatteras, AT&T's 3G network is now in 300 U.S. major metropolitan markets with phone mobile download speeds of up to 1.4 Mbps.
The company will deliver 3G service to nearly 350 leading U.S. markets by the end of 2008, including all of the top 100 U.S. cities. AT&T products and services are available in 30 company-owned stores and 198 authorized agent and national retail locations, such as Wal-Mart, Costco and RadioShack in the state.
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