AT&T Launches 3G Wireless Broadband Service in Roaring Fork Valley
Broadband-Speed Data Access Allows for Advanced Mobile Services
Aspen, Colorado.-Watch video on the go. 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 the Roaring Fork Valley. Today, AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) announced the launch of the company’s 3G wireless network in Aspen, Snowmass Village, Basalt, El Jebel, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and the Highway 82 corridor offering consumers and businesses broadband-like speed and access to the latest interactive voice, video and data applications.
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 — including the iPhone 3G that will be available July 11 — gives AT&T customers in the Roaring Fork Valley the best in mobile communications.
“AT&T 3G delivers an ’in-building’ experience when customers are on the move,” said Jace Barbin, vice president and general manager for AT&T’s wireless unit in the Rocky Mountain Region. “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.”
Many of AT&T’s 3G devices support AT&T Video ShareSM, 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.
The new sites are part of AT&T’s continued expansion of high speed wireless service in the Rocky Mountain Region and part of the more than $50 million network investment planned throughout the state of Colorado in 2008. With the addition of the Roaring Fork Valley, the AT&T 3G network is now available in more than 280 U.S. major metropolitan areas. The company will deliver 3G service to nearly 350 leading U.S. markets 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 LaptopConnect users typical downlink speeds ranging between 700 kilobits per second (Kbps) and 1.7 megabits per second (Mbps), and faster uplink speeds ranging between 500 Kbps and 1.2 Mbps. The faster uplink speeds allow users to quickly send large files and take full advantage of the latest Internet and business applications.
The 3G network in the Roaring Fork Valley will launch with HSUPA technology. This year’s HSUPA deployment in all 3G markets 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 company’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, supporting 88 percent of the people worldwide who use wireless devices. AT&T can connect customers in more than 200 countries for voice calling and users have data-roaming capabilities in more than 145.
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