AT&T upgrades Tampa Bay network to support growing mobile broadband needs
Last week, AT&T added extra capacity to more than 60 cell sites and activated two new sites. Customers in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, and Citrus counties should notice improvements in their voice and mobile broadband connections as a result of the upgrade.
Two new layers of frequency, also known as "carriers," were added to the network which will allow for more traffic on cell sites. This additional bandwidth was necessary to accommodate the increased mobile broadband data traffic from smartphones, tablets and other devices. Imagine a pipe of a certain diameter that can only deliver so many gallons of water at a time. AT&T has created a larger pipe to make room for an increased flow of data.
Areas included in this upgrade are Hudson, Spring Hill, New Port Richey, Wesley Chapel and Zephyrhills in Pasco County; Apollo Beach, Tampa, Wimauma, Brandon, Riverview, and Valrico in Hillsborough County; Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Safety Harbor in Pinellas County; and Crystal River and Inverness in Citrus County.
Additionally, two new cell sites (one in Hernando and one in Hillsborough) were added to improve coverage around the intersection of Northcliffe and Mariner boulevards in Spring Hill, and at the Westshore Plaza Mall in Tampa.