AT&T Invests Nearly $100 Million in New Jersey in Its Wireless Network
Morristown, New Jersey.
In just the first six months of this year, AT&T* invested nearly $100 million in its wireless network to continue improving customer service in New Jersey. The wireless investment in the Garden State is part of an overall capital investment of nearly $350 million into AT&T’s wireless and wireline networks in NJ during the first half of 2010.
Service enhancements included:
* Adding six new cell sites throughout the state, to enhance coverage for area residents and businesses
* Upgrading nine cell sites with 3G technology to enhance its mobile broadband network in New Jersey
* Deploying additional radio carriers to more than 150 cell sites in NJ to provide customers with improved wireless voice and data connectivity and performance
* The investment also includes upgrades to the AT&T wireline infrastructure, such as additional AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots, and extended reach of broadband services
AT&T customers are seeing the results of this investment with faster mobile broadband speeds and strong reliability, according to the latest round of comprehensive drive testing by Global Wireless Solutions Inc. (GWS). This GWS testing showed that AT&T maintained the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, connected more than 98 percent of calls on the first attempt, and carried 98.65 percent of calls to completion, a difference of less than one call out of 1,000 from the only higher-scoring provider.
J. Michael Schweder, president of AT&T New Jersey, said his company’s local investment creates many advantages for the people of New Jersey.
“Our investment stimulates the economy and fosters employment for U.S. workers,” Schweder said. “We are proud of that. In fact, AT&T has invested more in the last three years than any of our U.S. competitors. That creates economic growth across the board. Even in this troubled economy, we plan to invest $18-$19 billion this year, assuming the regulatory environment remains favorable. Our plan to invest up to 10 percent more than we did last year—again in these tough economic times—is a major commitment to our customers. But it’s also a huge commitment to our state and to our nation.”
Tom DeVito, AT&T’s vice president and general manager in New Jersey and New York, said that AT&T remains focused on making the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network even faster.
“Our investment strategy allows us to continue increasing speeds, which means our capabilities continue to grow with our customers. Average national mobile broadband network speeds during the first six months of 2010 are up more than 25 percent, based on internal data.” These faster speeds have been delivered even as AT&T has managed unprecedented growth in mobile data usage. Over a three-year period (2007-2009), mobile data traffic on AT&T’s wireless network jumped about 5,000 percent.
The network investment complements the introduction of new wireless data plans that make the benefits of mobile broadband more affordable for more people. Customers can choose the data plan that best fits their needs, starting with the DataPlus plan** at $15 per month.
For more information about AT&T’s mobile broadband coverage in New Jersey or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit http://www.wireless.att.com/coverageviewer. Using the online tool, AT&T customers can measure coverage quality of coverage from a street address, intersection, ZIP code or even a landmark. A map of AT&T Wi-Fi locations is available at www.att.com/go.
For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit www.att.com/networknews.
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**DataPlus plan requires a wireless agreement and includes 200MB of data; each additional 200MB of overage is $15 and other restrictions apply
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