Enhancements Will Improve Connectivity and Performance for Mobile Voice and Data Network
PALO ALTO, CA. November 2, 2011 — AT&T today announced network upgrades at Stanford University designed to provide students and residents increased reliability and best-in-class wireless service.
AT&T’s network enhancements include a new cell site designed to bolster indoor coverage and capacity to Stanford University Hospital Center and the surrounding area, including the Stanford Shopping Center, Stanford Stadium and much of the Stanford campus.
In addition to expanded coverage and capacity from the new cell site at Stanford, AT&T has added additional capacity 12 cell sites in the City of Palo Alto and to more than 210 cell sites in Santa Clara County.
“Adding more capacity to a cell site is like adding more lanes on the freeway so that voice and data traffic flows faster,” said Terry Stenzel, AT&T Vice President and General Manager for Northern California and Northern Nevada.
“Whether customers are talking, texting, e-mailing, surfing the net, streaming music or video, using their favorite apps, or conducting business we want to make sure they have a good mobile broadband experience.”
In addition, AT&T continues upgrading cell sites with fiber optic and Ethernet connections back to the central switching facilities, enabling faster 4G speeds in Palo Alto and across the greater Bay Area.
“We’re investing in our network in Palo Alto and Santa Clara County because we’re committed to providing best-in-class wireless voice and data service to our customers,” said Ken McNeely, AT&T’s California President. “AT&T has invested nearly $775 million in its San Francisco Bay Area wireless and wireline networks from 2008-2010, and we will continue investing and making network improvements.”
AT&T’s mobile broadband network provides several important advantages for customers, including the ability to talk and surf at the same time. For instance, customers can look up directions to an event while still talking on the phone, or browse social media sites will chatting with a friend.
AT&T also provides access to voice service in more than 225 countries and data service in more than 200 countries. Business Traveler magazine recently named AT&T as having the “Best Mobile Coverage in the World” – the fourth time AT&T has received the distinction.
In addition, most AT&T customers have access to more than 29,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hotspots across the country, and more than 860 across the San Francisco Bay Area at no extra charge. With more than half of AT&T customers now using smartphones, the popularity of Wi-Fi is soaring.
AT&T customers are now making more than 100 million connections a month to the AT&T Wi-Fi Network. San Francisco leads the nation with nearly 10 percent of all the Wi-Fi connections coming from the greater Bay Area, including the new AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Zone from the 300 block to the 500 block of University Avenue in Palo Alto.
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