AT&T Fires Up 3G Mobile Broadband In Monroe Area

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AT&T has upgraded its Monroe County network to third generation (3G) mobile broadband, extending access for advanced mobile services, devices and feature-rich audio and video content to customers in the area.

The activation of 3G mobile broadband technology on nearly 25 cell sites in Monroe County will enhance wireless coverage in communities such as Monroe, Dundee, Flat Rock, Newport, Milan, Maybee, Lambertville, Temperance, as well as neighboring communities in Ohio.

The network has also been enhanced along major roadways in the area, including I-75, US-23, M-50 and Telegraph Road, expanding coverage for commuters traveling into or through Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor.

The expansion of mobile broadband service is one of many ongoing network initiatives planned to enhance coverage and capacity across the country. AT&T recently upgraded 3G cell sites nationwide to High-Speed Packet Access 7.2.  Future plans include another upgrade to HSPA+ technology at the end of this year followed by the initial deployment next year of LTE, the next generation of wireless technology. These advancements, when combined with an ongoing initiative to increase the number of high-speed backhaul connections to cell sites, are a part of AT&T’s strategy to provide customers with an enhanced mobile broadband experience, both today and in the future.

“Demand for wireless bandwidth is growing rapidly, whether it’s for sharing video and photos with friends, watching a movie, checking the latest scores, or listening to music on a phone, netbook or other on-the-go devices,” said Brian Ducharme, vice president and general manager for AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets in Michigan. “With this expansion, our customers can enjoy the nation’s best, most advanced mobile broadband experience with emerging devices and tens of thousands of mobile applications.”

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 widely used wireless network platforms in the world. AT&T has the best international coverage of any U.S. wireless provider, providing access to voice service in over 220 countries and data service in more than 195 countries. AT&T also offers voice and data roaming coverage on more than 135 major cruise ships, as well as 3G services in more than 120 countries.

For more information about AT&T’s 3G coverage in Indiana 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 from a street address, intersection, ZIP code or even a landmark.

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