AT&T Improves New Mexico Cell Coverage


Company Builds New Cell Sites, Boosts Capacity and Adds Fiber Optics
to Enhance Networks

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., FEB. 22, 2012 — AT&T* invested nearly $110 million in its New Mexico wireless and wireline networks from 2009 through 2011 with a focus on improving the company’s mobile broadband coverage and overall performance of its networks.

During 2011, AT&T made more than 375 wireless network upgrades in four key categories in New Mexico. These enhancements include:
  • Activating three new cell sites or towers to improve network coverage.
  • Deploying faster fiber-optic connections to 125 cell sites. Combined with HSPA+ technology, these deployments enable 4G speeds**.
  • Adding capacity or an extra layer of frequency to cell sites – like adding lanes to a highway – with the addition of nearly 80 of these layers, or “carriers”.
  • Upgrading more than 175 cell sites to provide fast mobile broadband speeds.
“Our goal is to deliver a network experience that mobilizes everything for customers,” said Jennifer Biry, New Mexico vice president and general manager, AT&T. “The ongoing investment we’re making in New Mexico is designed to increase coverage and reliability, and to provide advanced services to our customers.”

CNN Money recently recognized AT&T for enhancing its wireless network. Last year, AT&T completed 150,000 network enhancements across the country, more than triple the year before, giving customers more capacity and faster speeds, as well as improving 3G dropped-call performance by 25 percent.

“More than ever, we use wireless communications to stay connected with family, friends and business colleagues,” said Terri Cole, President and CEO of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce. “I applaud AT&T’s continued investment in its wireless network to ensure New Mexico residents and businesses can communicate and perform at optimal levels.”

AT&T plans to support the build or upgrade of thousands of cell sites nationwide to increase network speed, coverage and reliability for both mobile voice and broadband services. In addition, AT&T plans to install additional radio “carriers” at thousands of cell sites nationally, enabling new layers of spectrum capacity to carry larger volumes of mobile broadband traffic. Additional capacity helps support rising mobile data traffic volumes, which continue to increase at a rapid pace.

AT&T operates the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network*** with nearly 30,000 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.

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