AT&T Brings 3G Mobile Broadband Network to the Eastern Shor

AT&T announced the availability of its third generation
(3G) mobile broadband network to 15 additional cell sites on the
Eastern Shore. As a result, customers in Talbot, Caroline, Kent and
Queen Anne counties will experience enhanced wireless coverage, opening
the door to a new era of mobile services, devices and feature-rich
audio and video content.

AT&T’s
3G network is now accessible to customers throughout the areas of
Georgetown, Massey, Crumpton, Barclay, Galena and Church Hill,
traveling south to Price, Goldsboro, Greensboro, Ridgely, Hillsboro,
Centreville and Denton. This 3G network expansion also boosts coverage
to major roadways, like Routes 301 and 313.

These investments complement AT&T’s existing Eastern Shore 3G footprint
in the communities of Betterton, Rock Hall, Chesterfield, St. Michaels,
Trappe, Salisbury and Princess Anne, which were first made available to
customers in March. To address the growing demand for its advanced
wireless services, AT&T has also added 28 new cell sites in
Maryland this year.

“Delivering
dependable wireless coverage to Eastern Shore residents and connecting
them to work, family and friends is our ultimate goal,” said J. Michael
Schweder, President AT&T Mid-Atlantic. “From 2006 to 2008,
AT&T’s wireless and wireline networks technology investment in
Maryland was almost $500 million. This ongoing investment will help our
customers in communities near the Choptank and Chester rivers ride the
leading edge of mobile broadband.”

The
network extension is part of AT&T’s ongoing efforts to drive
innovation and investment to deliver the benefits of Smartphones and
mobile broadband for customers. More smartphone customers have chosen
AT&T over any other U.S. competitor, and AT&T is committed to
driving continual improvement of network capabilities to meet these
customers’ ever-growing mobile broadband needs.

“Demand
from customers for wireless services on their phone while on the go is
growing,” added Rob Forsyth, vice president and general manager for
AT&T in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and northern Virginia. “This 3G
network expansion boosts wireless experiences for consumers, whether
they’re sharing video and photos with friends, listening to music, or
checking the latest Skipjacks game score on their mobile device.”

AT&T
matches its network investment with unsurpassed choice in the range of
devices, services and applications compatible with its 3G network – the
nation’s fastest, according to independent testing. AT&T offers a
wide variety of devices from more than a dozen manufacturers, including
handsets that are compatible with six different operating systems and
five different e-mail applications. Our Media Mall 2.0 offers more than
90,000 content options, and customers can download additional
applications over the Internet. Additionally, AT&T supports a
community of more than 20,000 application developers via its devCentral
portal.

Recently, AT&T
announced plans to further upgrade its 3G network nationwide with HSPA
7.2 technology to deliver considerably faster mobile broadband speeds.
The upgrades are planned to begin in the fourth quarter, with
completion expected in 2011. Supporting this initiative is AT&T’s
ongoing deployment of additional backhaul capacity to cell sites, which
will support today’s unprecedented growth in mobile data traffic as
well as the future demands of next-generation networks.

AT&T’s
3G mobile broadband network is based on the 3rd Generation Partnership
Project (3GPP) family of technologies that includes GSM and UMTS, the
most open and widely used wireless network platforms in the world.
AT&T’s 3G network is available in more than 350 major metropolitan
areas. AT&T also offers 3G data roaming in more than 185 countries,
as well as voice calling in more than 215 countries.

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