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Additional Spectrum Expected to Improve Connectivity and Performance of Mobile Internet Data and Voice Connectivity
BAMBERG, S.C., Feb. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Customers in Bamberg are expected to experience improved mobile Internet coverage and voice performance as a result of continued investment and innovation by AT&T.* The company has completed a key initiative in its ongoing efforts to enhance the wireless capacity and performance of its mobile Internet network throughout the area.
"Expanding the reach of advanced broadband technology supports our efforts to help this region, and all of South Carolina, to grow and attract new jobs," said state Sen. Brad Hutto (D-Orangeburg). "As technology continues to reshape how we live our lives, educate our children and run our businesses, it is critical that advanced communication services be available statewide, including here in Bamberg County. When providers invest to deliver new technology, consumers, small businesses and our local economies all benefit."
The network enhancement adds new layers of frequency, also known as "carriers," to three cell sites along U.S. Hwy. 78 where it intersects U.S. Hwy. 301, to more efficiently manage available spectrum and increase mobile Internet capacity. The expansion helps manage ever-growing demand for mobile Internet services by allocating more network resources for AT&T's mobile Internet network.
"As part of the Bamberg community, we're always looking for new opportunities to provide an enhanced customer experience, and our investment in the local wireless network is just one way we're accomplishing that," said Ike Byrd, AT&T's regional director of External Affairs for Bamberg. "We're working to build a 4G network that's smarter and better to provide our customers with a superior mobile Internet experience."
These investments help to ensure that South Carolina residents continue to enjoy the best possible experience over the AT&T network, whether at home, at work or on the go.
In the first half of 2013, AT&T invested nearly $140 million in its wireless and wired networks in South Carolina, building on more than $850 million the company invested in its South Carolina wireless and wireline networks across the state from 2010 through 2012.
AT&T's focus to deliver the best possible mobile Internet experience goes beyond 4G to embrace additional connection technologies. AT&T operates the nation's largest Wi-Fi network** including more than 32,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers, and provides access to more than 461,000 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.
Over the past six years (2007-2012), AT&T invested more than $116 billion into its wireless and wireline networks across the country. Since 2007, AT&T has invested more capital into the U.S. economy than any other public company. In a September 2013 report, the Progressive Policy Institute ranked AT&T No. 1 on its list of U.S. "Investment Heroes."
For more information about AT&T's coverage in Bamberg or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.
*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
**A Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See www.attwifi.com for details and locations.
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