September 10, 2008
AT&T Launches 3G Wireless Broadband Service in Chattanooga
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Watch video of your favorite TV show. Surf the wireless Internet at lightning speed. Share live video during a wireless call. These are just a few of the things you can do with AT&T's third-generation (3G) wireless service, now available in Chattanooga. Today, AT&T Inc. announced the launch of the company's 3G wireless network in Chattanooga, offering consumers and businesses broadband-like speed and access to the latest interactive voice, video and data applications.
"The launch of the nation's fastest 3G network right here in Chattanooga is just one example of AT&T's commitment that our customers have the latest in wireless technology available, allowing them to access video, graphics, pictures, downloads, e-mail and more at speeds faster than ever before," said Steve Sitton, president of AT&T's wireless operations in the Southeast. "Our goal is to ensure that AT&T customers in Chattanooga have the very best wireless experience possible -- which includes unmatched coverage and quality of service. AT&T's 3G network delivers exceptional quality and speed when customers are on the move. They can view videos from their favorite shows, play games, download music, check the stock market or just read and write e-mail as if they were at home or in the office."
AT&T's 3G network opens the door to a new era of mobile services, devices and feature-rich audio and video content, including the simultaneous sharing of voice and live video. This rapidly expanding network combined with an ever-expanding lineup of 3G devices -- from the Samsung a737 to the LG Vu(TM) to the new Pantech Duo -- gives AT&T customers in Chattanooga the best in mobile communications.
Many of AT&T's 3G devices support AT&T Video Share(SM), a first-of-its-kind service in the U.S. that enables users to share live video while carrying on a voice call -- providing a new way to share personal moments and key events beyond the capabilities of voice, text and photos.
AT&T's 3G customers can also view razor-sharp video clips through CV, an on-demand streaming video service that offers a comprehensive library of mobile video content from CNN, FOX News, ABC Mobile, CBS Mobile, NBC, ESPN, The Weather Channel, MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, "American Idol," HBO Mobile and more.
"At AT&T, our mission is to connect people where they live and work and do it better than anyone else," said Gregg Morton, president, AT&T Tennessee. "The expansion of 3G service in Chattanooga is another great example of AT&T's commitment to deliver the most advanced communications capabilities to our customers in the city of Chattanooga. This launch is the result of AT&T's continued investment in expanding wireless coverage across Tennessee."
Over the past 10 years, AT&T's planned investment in its wireless and wired networks in Tennessee has exceeded $3 billion. Since 2005, AT&T's planned investment in its wireless network has reached nearly $250 million. With the addition of Chattanooga, the AT&T 3G network is now available in more than 310 U.S. major metropolitan areas. The company will deliver 3G service to nearly 350 leading U.S. metro areas by the end of 2008.
Other plans for 2008 include the completion of the nation's first High Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA)-enabled network by the middle of the year. The AT&T 3G network now delivers typical downlink speeds ranging between 700 Kbps (kilobits per second) and 1.7 Mbps (megabits per second), and it will now offer faster uplink speeds ranging between 500 Kbps and 1.2 Mbps. The faster uplink speeds allow AT&T's HSUPA-enabled laptop users to quickly send large files and take full advantage of the latest Internet and business applications.
The 3G network in Chattanooga will launch with HSUPA technology. This year's HSUPA deployment in all 3G areas completed the transition of the AT&T 3G network to High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) standards, marking the only full transition by any wireless provider in the United States to this latest generation of wireless broadband capabilities.
The AT&T 3G network also offers AT&T LaptopConnect mobile customers broadband speeds for laptops, with the ability to access the Internet, their company's intranet or corporate e-mail from anywhere within the 3G network.
"New and better technologies truly help drive the growth and vibrancy of Hamilton County," said Mayor Ron Littlefield. "I would like to thank AT&T for their continued investment in our communities and for bringing 3G to our residents."
AT&T's wireless network is based on GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) technologies, the most open and widely used wireless network platform in the world, which supports more than 88 percent of the people worldwide who use wireless devices. Only AT&T can offer 3G data roaming in more than 60 countries, including Japan and South Korea, as well as voice calling in more than 200 countries, in addition to the company's constant 3G expansion in the U.S. Nearly all devices in AT&T's current portfolio are "world phones" that can be used around the world.
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