St. Louis, feb. 10, 2012 — As several hundred thousand people converge on the Soulard neighborhood for the 33rd Annual Soulard Mardi Gras in St. Louis celebration, AT&T is boosting network capacity to help its customers have a great wireless experience.
The company will deploy three Cells on Wheels (COWs) to accommodate expected increased wireless network demands from high concentrations of smartphone users at the various events from Sunday through Fat Tuesday. The augmentations will help improve reliability and data speeds.
“With the second largest Mardi Gras celebration in the country, we know that our customers will want to share the fun with friends and family through text messages, photos, status updates on social networks and calls from their mobile devices,” said Nancy Garvey, AT&T’s vice president and general manager of the Greater Midwest Region. “We’ve deployed a team of network engineers that’s hard at work on local enhancements to help provide great connectivity, solid coverage and fast speeds.”
The temporary enhancements are part of AT&T’s ongoing efforts to prepare for and provide the best possible mobile experience during special events, such as Mardi Gras. With crowds approaching several hundred thousand attendees, AT&T’s network team has enhanced nearby cell sites and deployed three COWs to support the crowd’s mobile broadband needs.
AT&T’s 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 broadest international coverage of any U.S. wireless provider, providing access to voice service in more than 225 countries and data service in more than 200 countries. AT&T also offers voice and data roaming coverage on more than 135 major cruise ships, as well as mobile broadband services in more than 130 countries.
AT&T also operates the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network** with nearly 30,000 hotspots in the U.S. and provides access to nearly 190,000 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.
For more information about AT&T’s coverage in St. Louis or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit an AT&T Coverage Viewer. The online tool can measure the quality of coverage based on a street address, intersection, ZIP code or even a landmark.
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