|By PR Newswire||
|March 5, 2014 01:28 PM EST||
ANDERSON, S.C., March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Customers in Anderson and surrounding areas are expected to experience improved mobile Internet coverage and voice performance as a result of continued investment and innovation by AT&T.* The company has completed a key initiative in its ongoing efforts to enhance the wireless capacity and performance of its mobile Internet network throughout Anderson and the surrounding areas.
"In today's mobile society, a robust and pervasive wireless network is vital," said state Rep. Mike Gambrell (R-Anderson). "Expanding and upgrading mobile broadband networks here is good news for the Upstate. It supports our efforts to attract new jobs, while also increasing educational opportunities and resources for our children. This is why I strongly believe in the need for sound public policies that encourage private investment in advanced technology."
The network enhancement adds new layers of frequency, also known as "carriers," to more efficiently manage available spectrum and increase mobile Internet capacity. In all, capacity was recently added to 26 cell sites: seven in Anderson; four in Pelzer; three in Belton; three in Piedmont; two in Seneca; and one site each in Liberty, Pendleton, Pickens, Walhalla, Westminster, Williamston and Pisgah Forest. The expansion helps manage ever-growing demand for mobile Internet services by allocating more network resources for AT&T's mobile Internet network.
"As part of Anderson and surrounding communities, 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 Jim Evers, AT&T's regional director for the Upstate. "We're working to build a 4G network that's smarter and better to provide our customers with a superior mobile Internet experience."
In the first half of 2013, AT&T invested nearly $140 million in its wireless and wired networks in South Carolina, building on more than $800 million the company invested in its wireless and wireline networks across the state from 2010 through 2012.
AT&T's focus to deliver the best possible mobile Internet experience goes beyond 4G to embrace additional connection technologies. AT&T operates the nation's largest Wi-Fi network** including more than 32,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers, and provides access to more than 461,000 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.
Over the past six years (2008 to 2013), AT&T invested more than $140 billion into its wireless and wireline networks, when you combine capital and spectrum acquisitions. Since 2008, AT&T has invested more capital into the U.S. economy than any other public company. In a September 2013 report, the Progressive Policy Institute ranked AT&T No. 1 on its list of U.S. "Investment Heroes."
For more information about AT&T's coverage in Anderson 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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**A Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See www.attwifi.com for details and locations.
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