AT&T Boosts 3G Network Capacity in New York City
Published on: 28th Jun 2010
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USA based AT&T has announced the completion of a local initiative to increase the wireless capacity of its 3G network in Manhattan as well as parts of New York City. As a result of this upgrade, customers in these areas are expected to experience improved 3G wireless voice and data connectivity and performance, especially during peak hours.
The network enhancement includes the addition of new layers of frequency, also known as "carriers," to more efficiently manage available spectrum and increase 3G capacity. The additions have been applied to nearly all cell sites in Manhattan and in other areas as needed throughout the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn.
AT&T recently deployed a Wi-Fi hot zone in Times Square to help AT&T customers stay connected in "America's Crossroads," one of the busiest locations in the world. Wireless data traffic on the AT&T network has grown more than 5,000 percent from 2007 to 2009, largely attributed to the increasing popularity of advanced smartphones.
In New York City, the company has added a layer of 850MHz spectrum to deploy more radio capacity and enhance in-building coverage throughout the city. As of the first quarter of 2010, they claim to have seen two consecutive quarters of strong voice quality improvements in New York according to internal measurements. In Manhattan, quality improved 47 percent quarter over quarter.