Press release from AT&T
(Avonburg, Ind.) – As part of its continuing network investment to support growing demand for advanced mobile devices and applications, AT&T* today announced the activation of a new mobile Internet cell site in Switzerland County that will enhance coverage for area residents, businesses and travelers. The cell site is located at the intersection of SR 129 and SR 250 near Avonburg and Pleasant. With mobile Internet speeds, AT&T customers can surf the Web, download files faster, and enjoy the very latest interactive mobile applications.
"As innovation and technology continue to drive our economic growth, Hoosier businesses and consumers are relying more and more on their wireless devices to stay connected," said State Representative Randy Frye. "Investment in advanced wireless networks and enhanced coverage in both the rural and urban areas of our state is important and we look forward to more good news in the future."
The new cell site is one part of AT&T's ongoing efforts to drive investment and innovation to deliver the nation's best, most advanced mobile Internet experience for customers. AT&T has invested $365 million in its wireless and wired networks in Indiana through the first half of 2012. AT&T has the nation's largest 4G network, which provides accelerated mobile data speeds and simultaneous voice and data capabilities.
"Our goal is for our customers to have an extraordinary experience. As part of the communities in Switzerland County, we're always looking for new opportunities to provide enhanced coverage, and our investment in the local wireless network is just one way we're accomplishing that," said AT&T Indiana President George S. Fleetwood.
AT&T's innovation and investment has resulted in the nation's largest 4G network, covering more than 285 million people with ultra-fast speeds and a more consistent user experience. That's coverage in 3,000 more 4G cities and towns than Verizon.**
AT&T is the only U.S. service provider to deploy two compatible 4G technologies to deliver more speed to more Smartphone customers. AT&T's HSPA+ network enables mobile Internet speeds up to four times faster HSPA+ than 3G technologies.***
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 31,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers across the country. 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.
AT&T also is a leading developer of Distributed Antenna Systems, which utilize multiple small antennas to maximize coverage and speed within stadiums, convention centers, office buildings, hotels and other areas where traditional coverage methods are challenging.
Over the past five years, AT&T invested more than $115 billion into operations and into acquiring spectrum and other assets that have enhanced our wireless and wired networks. Since 2007, AT&T has invested more capital into the U.S. economy than any other public company. In a July 2012 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 Switzerland County 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.