Posted by Ellen Krafve - email
Released by Mike Barger with AT&T Corporate Communications:
TYLER, TX - AT&T has announced the expansion of its 3G wireless broadband network in Tyler, providing more local residents with access to accelerated data speeds that open the door to a new era of mobile services, devices and feature-rich audio and video content. The 3G network expansion will provide improved coverage along the I-20 corridor, Hwy 271, Hwy 69, Hwy 31 and in the communities of Gresham, Chapel Hill, Lindale, Flint, Swan, Thedford and New Hope.
The extension is part of AT&T's continual efforts to expand the scope, capacity and speed of its 3G wireless network - the nation's fastest, according to recent data compiled by leading independent wireless research firms. It is also part of AT&T's ongoing investment to build the broadband networks that will create jobs and fuel economic growth, and enable its customers to quickly access the content, applications and services that matter most to them.
"Demand is growing for services such as sharing videos and photos with friends, watching a movie, checking the latest scores, or listening to music on a wireless device or laptop computer while on the go," said Adam Vital, vice president and general manager for AT&T in North Texas. "We continue to enhance and expand the network to deliver unmatched voice and high-speed data coverage, top-quality service and unsurpassed reliability for millions of devices."
The broadband wireless network expansion efforts help address the growing demand for advanced wireless data products and services as more and more people's lives become increasingly mobile and fast-paced. With 3G speeds, customers can not only surf the Web and download files faster than ever, but they can also experience the very latest interactive mobile applications, such as live video sharing and remote home monitoring.
"Wireless technology is ever-changing and expanding, and we welcome companies such as AT&T bringing their latest technology to more Tyler residents and businesses," said state Sen. Kevin Eltife. "This investment in a stronger wireless network will help strengthen our economy. Our families will stay connected, and our businesses will stay competitive.
AT&T's 3G network is based on the UMTS wireless broadband standard that evolved from GSM, the most open and widely used wireless network platform in the world. As a result, only AT&T can offer 3G data roaming in more than 80 countries, as well as voice calling in more than 215 countries. AT&T's 3G network is now available in nearly 350 U.S. major metropolitan areas.
AT&T also enables unsurpassed choice and openness in the range of devices, services and applications compatible with its 3G network. AT&T offers a wide variety of devices from more than a dozen manufacturers, including handsets that are compatible with six different operating systems and five different e-mail applications. Our Media Mall 2.0 offers more than 90,000 content options, and customers can download virtually any application over the Internet. Additionally, AT&T supports a community of more than 13,000 application developers via its devCentral portal.