AT&T plans Tampa Bay network upgrades, ramps up for 4G traffic
Today AT&T wireless announced a series of planned network upgrades aimed at increasing mobile broadband data capacities in preparation for the onslaught of 4G devices coming to market. In 2011 AT&T plans to complete the following upgrades:
- Deploy upgraded backhaul connections to more than 200 cell sites. Combined with HSPA+ technology, these backhaul deployments will enable 4G speeds for local customers.
- Deliver additional mobile broadband capacity to nearly 200 cell sites through the addition of new layers of frequency, also known as "carriers." Adding extra capacity to a cell site is like widening a highway - you're creating more lanes to accommodate increasing traffic.
- Install distributed antenna systems in high-traffic areas and facilities, such as sporting and event venues, including Tropicana Field, Raymond James Stadium, the Tampa Convention Center and Tampa International Airport. The distributed antenna systems provide improved wireless coverage for customers in indoor or outdoor spaces where geographical limitations might otherwise prevent an optimal wireless experience.
- Activate four new cell sites to improve network coverage and reliability
With so many new 4G devices being announced almost daily, it seems all the networks have been slow to increase 4G capacities. AT&T's data speeds already are among the fastest available, so these upgrades should serve them as they try to stay out front in the wireless data wars. Hopefully they'll have their plan in place sooner than later.