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AT&T; Expands 3G Wireless Broadband Service Along the South Coast PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 January 2008

AT&T Inc.  has announced that customers traveling along the northeastern corridor between Boston and New York City can now experience more of the blazing-fast third-generation (3G) mobile broadband network. In fact, AT&T has turned on more than 100 3G cell sites to cover key southeastern New England communities, including New Bedford, Mass.; Newport, R.I.; and New London, Conn.

"Having access to 3G in more places means having broadband-like speeds from your wireless device where you once thought it wasn't possible," said Stephen Krom, vice president and general manager for AT&T's wireless operations in New England. "The next time our customers visit the New Bedford Whaling Museum, for example, they can instantly capture their experience with photos and share them with friends and family with picture messaging or e-mail, or they can show a walking tour through our exclusive Video Share feature. The possibilities are endless with our 3G wireless network."

Along the South Coast, 3G coverage is available along Route 195 from Mattapoisett, Mass. through Fall River, Mass. and into Providence, R.I. The coverage extends to include Newport and other key locations in Rhode Island, including Kingstown, Bristol, Warwick, West Warwick, and Westerly. Heading down the I-95 corridor into Connecticut, the 3G network follows the shoreline through areas such as Mystic, Stonington, Groton and New London before connecting with the pre-existing 3G network in New Haven.

"From a business perspective, expanding the reach of our network along the main commuter corridor between Boston and New York City allows us to provide a consistent high speed data experience," said Krom. "Whether they are taking the train or traveling by car, our customers have a mobile office at their fingertips to access services such as corporate e-mail or mobile video clips while traveling between two of the Northeast's most popular cities."

The 3G network allows customers to use their 3G handsets to quickly access sophisticated wireless content, including videos, games, pictures and the latest music, entertainment, news and weather, through MEdia Net, the company's mobile Internet portal. MEdia Net is a two-screen service, which means users can browse, download and manipulate content from their wireless device and their PC. Offering two points of access demonstrates AT&T's commitment to easy-to-use services for its customers. Customers can also view razor-sharp clips through CV, an on-demand streaming video service that offers a comprehensive library of mobile video content from some of the top media brands.

Benefits of the AT&T 3G Network
AT&T's 3G network uses HSDPA/UMTS (High Speed Downlink Packet Access/Universal Mobile Telephone System) technology, which is based on the GSM (Global Systems for Mobile Communications) standard, the most widely used wireless technology in the world. More than 2.7 billion people use wireless devices powered by GSM — representing more than 90 percent of the world's wireless users. The company's mobile broadband network is available in more than 255 U.S. major metropolitan areas and is continuing to expand to additional markets.

AT&T's mobile broadband network also provides the simultaneous delivery of voice and data — a capability not offered by all wireless providers. An example of a 3G service is Video Share, which enables users to share live video over wireless phones while carrying on a voice call — providing a new way to share personal moments and key events beyond the capabilities of voice and text. Users can allow others to "see what I see, when I see it."

Another benefit of GSM technology is that customers who leave AT&T's growing 3G service footprint automatically convert to the AT&T EDGE (Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution) network without dropping the call or data connection. The EDGE network is the largest high speed wireless data network in the country, available in more than 13,000 cities and towns in the United States and along 40,000 miles of highway. EDGE technology is also available to AT&T customers who are traveling internationally in more than 120 countries.

AT&T's Network Investment
Over the past three years, AT&T has invested more than $18 billion to build and support the scope and capability of its wireless network and to add 3G markets. This initiative ensures quality of service and gives customers fast access from their handsets and mobile devices. In Massachusetts, AT&T continues to invest in its wireless network; AT&T has spent more than $420 million over the past four years to increase wireless coverage throughout the region to ensure quality of service and provide customers with a wider range of advanced wireless applications from their mobile devices.

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