Company Expands Wireless Network Capacity for Customers
As thousands of people converge on Milwaukee for the Wisconsin State Fair, AT&T is boosting network capacity to help its customers have a great wireless experience.
The company has enhanced its cell sites to accommodate expected increased wireless network demands from high concentrations of smartphone users at the Wisconsin State Fair. The augmentations will help improve reliability and data speeds at the event.
“Events like the Wisconsin State Fair generate memorable experiences that our customers will want to share with friends and family through text messages, photos, status updates on social networks and calls from their mobile devices,” said Dave Fine, AT&T’s vice president and general manager for Wisconsin and Illinois. “These enhancements to the local network will help provide State Fair attendees with great connectivity, solid coverage and fast speeds.”
The permanent enhancements are part of AT&T’s ongoing efforts to prepare for and provide the best possible mobile experience during special events like the Wisconsin State Fair. With crowds expected to reach 900,000 attendees, AT&T’s network team has enhanced nearby cell sites to support the crowd’s mobile Internet needs.
AT&T invested nearly $450 million in its Milwaukee area wireless and wireline networks from 2008 through 2011 with a focus on improving the company’s mobile broadband coverage and overall performance of its networks.
“AT&T has made it a priority to invest in places like Milwaukee because it is important for our customers to have access to the wireless technology they need to run their business or stay in touch with friends and family,” said Scott VanderSanden, AT&T Wisconsin president. “These network improvements for the Fair and in the West Allis area are an example of our continued investment in Wisconsin’s economy.”
AT&T’s mobile data 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 Internet 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 225,000 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.