August 4, 2011
AT&T Expands Mobile Broadband Wireless Capacity Along Heavily Travelled I-69 in Fishers
FISHERS, Ind., Aug. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Customers who travel, live or work along one of the busiest roads in central Indiana, I-69 in Fishers, are expected to experience improved mobile broadband coverage and voice performance as a result of continued investment and innovation by AT&T*. The company announced today that it has completed a key initiative in its ongoing efforts to enhance the wireless capacity and performance of its mobile broadband network in Fishers.
"As our community is growing, so is the need for enhanced wireless coverage in order to stay connected with friends, family and the office," said Fishers Town Council President Scott Faultless. "Investing in our community is the right thing to do, and we're excited that companies like AT&T continue to view us as a prime location to enhance their wireless networks."
The network enhancement adds new layers of frequency, also known as "carriers," to four cell sites throughout Fishers to more efficiently manage available spectrum and increase mobile broadband capacity. The expansion helps manage ever-growing demand for mobile broadband services by allocating more network resources for AT&T's mobile broadband network.
"The leadership of the Fishers Town Council has helped Fishers become one of the fastest-growing and most-dynamic communities in the state," said AT&T Indiana President George S. Fleetwood. "We are excited to again invest in our customer experience in Hamilton County and look forward to more good news in the near future."
This network improvement is part of AT&T's planned $20 billion investment in its wireless and wireline networks in 2011. AT&T invested more than $225 million in its wireless and wireline networks from 2008 through 2010 in the greater Indianapolis area and nearly $925 million statewide.
"Our goal is for our customers to have an extraordinary experience everywhere they use their mobile devices, including major routes like I-69 in Fishers, as well as the surrounding homes and businesses. As part of the Fishers community, we're always looking for new opportunities to provide an enhanced customer experience and our investment in the local wireless network is just one way we're accomplishing that," said Brian Ducharme, vice president and general manager, AT&T Indiana and Michigan. "In addition, our recently announced agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA will strengthen and expand our network in Fishers. 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 best 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 operates the nation's largest Wi-Fi network** with more than 26,000 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 Indiana 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.
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** Largest based on company branded and operated hotspots. Access includes AT&T Wi-Fi Basic. A Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See www.attwifi.com for details and locations.
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