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IN THE NEWS: AT&T Brings Mobile Broadband Network to Berkshire County
October 28, 2010

Local Western Massachusetts Wireless Network Upgrade Extends Access to
Advanced Products, Services and Applications
 
PITTSFIELD, MA., Oct. 28, 2010 AT&T today announced the availability of its mobile broadband network in Berkshire County, extending access for advanced mobile services, devices and feature-rich audio and video content to customers in Agawam, Becket, Blandford, East Hampton, Granville, Great Barrington, Haydenville, Hinsdale, Holyoke, Huntington, Lee, Lenox, Northampton, Otis, parts of Pittsfield, Russell, Sheffield, Southampton, Southwick, Washington, Westhampton, West Stockbridge, Westfield and the surrounding areas. Additional towns, including the remaining areas of Pittsfield, are scheduled to come online in the next several days. 
 
AT&T is an industry leader in delivering the benefits of mobile broadband networks, devices and applications. With the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T provides accelerated mobile data speeds and simultaneous voice and data capabilities for an amazing wireless voice and data experience.
 
“I’m pleased to see AT&T expanding services and investing in Berkshire County.  Access to a 3G network is just one step to eliminating the digital divide in western Massachusetts,” said State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield). “I look forward to future investments that help residents of western Mass enjoy their communities and participate fully in the global economy.”
 
“We are thrilled to bring our 3G network to western Mass. We know that demand for wireless bandwidth is growing rapidly, whether it’s for sharing video and photos with friends, watching a movie, checking the latest scores, or listening to music on a phone, netbook or other on-the-go devices,” said Steve Krom, vice president and “With this expansion, our customers can enjoy the nation’s best, most advanced mobile broadband experience with emerging devices and tens of thousands of mobile applications.”
 
The expansion of mobile broadband service is one of many ongoing network initiatives planned to enhance coverage and capacity across the country. AT&T recently upgraded 3G cell sites nationwide to High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA) 7.2.  Future plans include another upgrade to HSPA+ technology at the end of this year followed by the initial deployment next year of LTE, the next-generation of wireless technology. These advancements, when combined with an ongoing initiative to increase the number of high-speed backhaul connections to cell sites, are a part of AT&T’s strategy to provide customers with an enhanced mobile broadband experience, both today and in the future.
 
AT&T’s mobile broadband network is based on the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) family of technologies that includes GSM and UMTS, the most widely used wireless network platforms in the world. AT&T has the best international coverage of any U.S. wireless provider, providing access to voice service in more than 220 countries and data service in 200 countries. AT&T also offers voice and data roaming coverage on more than 140 major cruise ships, as well as mobile broadband services in more than 125 countries.
 
AT&T also owns and operates the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network** with more than 23,000 hotspots in the U.S. and provides access to more than 125,000 hotspots globally through roaming agreements. Most AT&T smartphone customers get access to our U.S. Wi-Fi network at no additional cost, and Wi-Fi usage doesn’t count against customers’ monthly data plans.
 
For more information about AT&T’s coverage in Massachusetts or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. Using the online tool, AT&T customers can measure coverage quality from a street address, intersection, ZIP code or even a landmark.
 
For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.


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