AT&T Brings 3G Mobile Broadband Network to Middle Georgia
Local Wireless Network Upgrade Extends Access to Advanced Products, Services and Applications
Macon, Georgia.-AT&T* today announced the availability of its 3G mobile broadband network in Middle Georgia. More than 750 square miles of new 3G coverage across Macon, Warner Robins, Perry and Fort Valley now opens the door to a new era of mobile services, devices and feature-rich audio and video content for area businesses, colleges and universities and local residents. With 3G speeds, you can surf the web, download files faster than ever, and enjoy the very latest interactive mobile applications.
“Demand for wireless bandwidth is growing, whether it’s for sharing videos and photos with friends, watching a movie, checking the latest sports score and listening to music on a phone, netbook and or other mobile device while on the go,” said Terry Smith, regional manager, AT&T external and legislative affairs. “With this expansion, our customers can continue to ride the leading edge of mobile broadband with emerging devices and thousands of mobile applications.”
The network extension is part of AT&T’s ongoing efforts to drive innovation and investment to deliver the benefits of smartphones and mobile broadband for customers. More smartphone customers have chosen AT&T over any other U.S. competitor, and AT&T is committed to driving continual enhancement of network capabilities to meet these customers’ ever-growing mobile broadband needs.
“I congratulate and applaud AT&T upon the launch of their 3G mobile broadband network in middle Georgia. AT&T’s continuing investment in our area of the state is of enormous significance. It allows our citizens, our education institutions, and our businesses to access the latest options in technologies that are of vital importance to economic development, job creation, and quality of life, “said Sen. Cecil Staton. “AT&T is a wonderful corporate citizen not only because of their investment in technological infrastructure, but also through their involvement in local communities here in the 18th senate district.”
AT&T matches its network investment with unsurpassed choice in the range of devices, services and applications compatible with its 3G network – the nation’s fastest, according to independent testing. AT&T offers a wide variety of devices from more than a dozen manufacturers, including handsets that are compatible with six different operating systems and five different e-mail applications. Our Media Mall 2.0 offers more than 90,000 content options, and customers can download additional applications over the Internet. Additionally, AT&T supports a community of more than 20,000 application developers via its devCentral portal.
“In economic development, the ability to distinguish your community from others is very important, and with AT&T’s 3G network, Macon and Bibb County will have an early advantage in our recruitment efforts,” said Pat Topping, Senior Vice President-Macon Economic Development Commission Access to technology. “Not only will we be able to showcase to our prospective companies that we are technologically savvy, we will also be able to retain and attract young, knowledgeable professionals to work in our communities.”
Recently, AT&T announced plans to further upgrade its 3G network nationwide with HSPA 7.2 technology to deliver considerably faster mobile broadband speeds. The upgrades are planned to begin in the fourth quarter, with completion expected in 2011. Supporting this initiative is AT&T’s ongoing deployment of additional backhaul capacity to cell sites, which will support today’s unprecedented growth in mobile data traffic as well as the future demands of next-generation networks.
AT&T’s 3G mobile broadband network is based on the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) family of technologies that includes GSM and UMTS, the most open and widely used wireless network platforms in the world. AT&T’s 3G network is available in more than 350 major metropolitan areas. AT&T also offers 3G data roaming in more than 100 countries, as well as voice calling in more than 215 countries.
“More than ever before, customers look to wireless communications to stay in touch with family, friends and business colleagues,” said Keith Holmes, vice president and general manager for AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets in Georgia. “We’re working to make this possible by adding new wireless coverage and offering exciting products to help our customers stay connected with their world, at home and on the go.”
For more information about AT&T’s 3G coverage in Macon or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit http://www.wireless.att.com/coverageviewer/. The online tool can measure the quality of coverage based on a street address, intersection, ZIP code or even a landmark. Customers can learn more about network plans and AT&T services by visiting the AT&T retail store located at 4795 Riverside Drive in Macon.
For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit www.att.com/networknews.
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