GREENWOOD, S.C., Aug 18, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- AT&T* today announced the expansion of its third generation (3G) mobile broadband network at several cell sites across Upstate South Carolina, extending access for advanced mobile services, devices and feature-rich audio and video content to customers in Greenwood County. Beginning immediately, many residents in the area will be able to enjoy quicker speeds on America's fastest mobile broadband network.AT&T is an industry leader in delivering the benefits of mobile broadband networks, devices and applications. With the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T provides accelerated mobile data speeds and simultaneous voice and data capabilities for an amazing wireless voice and data experience."Broadband is the most important economic infrastructure for the 21st century," said State Representative Gene Pinson. "This expansion of AT&T's 3G wireless broadband network gives Greenwood County greater access to the wonderful technologies that consumers want and that businesses need to keep and create jobs. This is a great day for the future for our part of South Carolina." 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 (HSPA) 7.2. 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.
"Today and into the future, broadband is the key to jobs in all sectors of our economy -- education, health care, transportation, professional services and public safety," said State Representative Anne Parks. "Today's news is great news. The more broadband, the better for South Carolina." 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."I am pleased that AT&T is continuing to expand its wireless network here in Greenwood County," said Senator Floyd Nicholson. "A stronger, more robust wireless network will strengthen our economy and helps families stay connected and businesses stay competitive. That is why I work for policies which make South Carolina a state where companies want to invest and do business." 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.
"Demand for wireless bandwidth is growing, whether it's for sharing video and photos with friends, checking the status of your investments through mobile banking, reviewing a client presentation, or listening to music on a phone, netbook or other mobile devices on the go," said Pamela Lackey, president, AT&T South Carolina. "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." For more information about AT&T's 3G coverage in Greenwood County 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. For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit www.att.com/networknews.*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse(R) and AT&T |DIRECTV brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising. In 2010, AT&T again ranked among the 50 Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE(R) magazine.Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com.
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