Company Builds New Cell Sites, Boosts Capacity and Adds Fiber Optics to Enhance Networks

ATLANTA, FEB. 14, 2012 AT&T* invested more than $3.2 billion in its Georgia wireless and wireline networks from 2009 through 2011 with a focus on improving the company’s mobile broadband coverage and overall performance of its networks.


During 2011, AT&T made more than 3,450 wireless network upgrades in four key categories in Georgia. These enhancements include:

  • Activating nearly 60 new cell sites or towers to improve network coverage.
  • Deploying faster fiber-optic connections to approximately 1,175 cell sites. Combined with HSPA+ technology, these deployments enable 4G speeds**.
  • Adding capacity or an extra layer of frequency to cell sites – like adding lanes to a highway – with the addition of nearly 1,900 of these layers, or “carriers.”
  • Upgrading more than 325 cell sites to provide fast mobile broadband speeds.


AT&T also launched its new 4G LTE network in Atlanta and Athens. 


“A more advanced mobile broadband experience drives economic growth, stimulates jobs and equips Georgia businesses to meet the network demands of today and tomorrow, said Sylvia Russell, state president, AT&T Georgia. “We’ve significantly ramped up our wireless investments to enable an experience that offers Georgia consumers better speed, better reliability and better availability.”


“Our goal is to deliver a network experience that mobilizes everything for customers,” said Keith Holmes, Vice President and General Manager, AT&T Georgia. “The ongoing investment we’re making in Georgia is designed to increase coverage and reliability, and to provide advanced services to our customers. Paired with our recent launch of our 4G LTE network in Atlanta and Athens, customers can use wireless technology to its full potential.”


CNN Money recently recognized AT&T for enhancing its wireless network. Last year, AT&T completed 150,000 network enhancements across the country, more than triple the year before, giving customers more capacity and faster speeds, as well as improving 3G dropped-call performance by 25 percent.


“AT&T’s continued investment in its wireless network will ensure that Georgia residents and businesses can communicate at optimal levels,” said Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. “AT&T’s efforts will help Georgians stay in touch, and they’ll create jobs for our people. AT&T is a great partner for our state.”


AT&T plans to support the build or upgrade of thousands of cell sites nationwide to increase network speed, coverage and reliability for both mobile voice and broadband services. In addition, AT&T plans to install additional radio “carriers” at thousands of cell sites nationally, enabling new layers of spectrum capacity to carry larger volumes of mobile broadband traffic. Additional capacity helps support rising mobile data traffic volumes, which continue to increase at a rapid pace. In 2012, AT&T plans to double its 4G LTE coverage.


AT&T 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 Georgia or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. Using the online tool, AT&T customers can measure coverage quality of coverage from a street address, intersection, ZIP code or even a landmark.

For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.

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 **4G speeds delivered by HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. Available in limited areas. Availability increasing with ongoing backhaul deployment. 4G device required. Learn more at

 *** Largest based on company branded and operated hotspots. Access includes AT&T Wi-Fi Basic.  A Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See for details and locations.

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