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Captiva Island cell site activated as part of AT&T investment in local wireless network

By Staff | Dec 29, 2009

On Monday, AT&T announced it has activated a new cell site on Captiva Island. The site is boosting wireless coverage to the north end of the island, on South Seas Plantation Road.

The new Captiva cell site is part of AT&T’s ongoing efforts to drive innovation and extend its third-generation (3G) wireless network – the fastest in the nation, according to independent testing. It is also part of AT&T’s ongoing investment to build the broadband networks that will fuel economic growth and create jobs, and enable its customers to quickly access the content, applications and services that matter most to them.

“More than ever before, customers look to wireless communications to stay in touch with family, friends and business colleagues,” said Jennifer Van Buskirk, vice president and general manager, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets for West, Central and North Florida. “We’re working to make this possible by adding new wireless coverage and offering exciting products to help our customers stay connected with their world, at home and on the go.”

Since 2007 through the third quarter of 2009, AT&T has invested more than $27.5 million in the Fort Myers-Naples market network to improve speed, capacity and coverage.

AT&T 2009 Lee and Collier County upgrades to date include:

Deployment of 850 MHz spectrum to substantially increase network capacity and in-building signal.

The activation of three new cell sites, which are providing additional coverage near the Fort Myers International Airport, in Ava Maria and on Captiva Island.

Upgrades to 8 existing cell sites to provide better coverage and capacity.

The addition of a Radio Network Controller to significantly increase capacity.

The addition of more than 525 T1s to increase voice and data capacity between the cell site and routing switch.

“Our ongoing investment in Florida continues to increase coverage, ensure reliability and offer advanced services for our customers,” said Marshall Criser, lll, AT&T president, Florida. “We’re connecting people with their world and making it possible for them to do more with our networks, wherever they may be.”

AT&T’s 3G network is now available in more than 350 U.S. major metropolitan areas. Upgrades to the network to deliver even faster mobile broadband speeds will begin later this year and are expected to be completed in 2011.

For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit www.att.com/networknews.