Thursday, January 03, 2008

AT&T Expands Coverage In MY Area And Why It Matters

Per the AT&T website:

AT&T has announced an upgrade and expansion of service by launching new cell sites to enhance the wireless network in the Greenville and Spartanburg area. Also, AT&T will deploy its upgraded third-generation (3G) broadband mobile network the first half of 2008. This will give customers the ability to access voice and high speed data features simultaneously, as well as more options in how, when and where they can access the Internet, use e-mail or view a variety of entertainment services.

“We want to provide the best service possible for all of our customers in Greenville and Spartanburg, which we consider major markets in the Carolinas,” said Alison Hall, vice president and general manager for the company’s North and South Carolina market. “These new cell sites, along with 3G deployment, help us to provide superior coverage to give customers an ‘invisible wire’ that extends their broadband experience beyond their office or home.”

Currently, AT&T is adding additional cell sites to strengthen coverage in the following areas:

State Scenic Highway 11, east of Table Rock State Park

North of Highway 492 (Pelham Road) in Greer

Eastern Spartanburg

U.S. Highway 221 / the surrounding commercial & residential areas in Spartanburg

With AT&T’s 2008 deployment of its 3G network in Greenville, Spartanburg and Clemson, the cities will join a growing list of markets in the Carolinas with 3G coverage that already includes Columbia, S.C., Myrtle Beach, S.C., Charlotte, N.C., Raleigh, N.C. and Greensboro, N.C. As part of AT&T’s 2008 launch plans for the Carolinas, the company is also scheduled to deploy its 3G broadband network in Charleston, S.C., Fayetteville, N.C. and Jacksonville, N.C. Since 2004, the company has invested nearly $230 million on wireless network enhancements to expand coverage, add capacity and grow its 3G network in South Carolina.

“This expansion is evidence of our ongoing commitment to invest in the state of South Carolina,” said Pamela Lackey, state president of South Carolina. “AT&T will continue to invest in the communications infrastructure essential for this state’s growth.”

Now why would little old Greenville South Carolina be important news for you?

The Greenville Spartanburg area has the highest penetration of cellphones per capita for persons 16 and older in the United States. One of the many reasons Apple chose not to include 3G in the iPhone is because 3G on GSM networks was poorly deployed. At iPhone launch only 48% of the population of the United States was able to even be in range of 3G GSM networks. By June - this number should reach 75%+.

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