AT&T Investment Delivers Improved Wireless Network Experience in Indianapolis

Dec. 18, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AT&T* today released Indianapolis network investment and expansion details that have contributed to customers benefiting from the nation's fastest 3G network and an unsurpassed low local dropped call rate - one of the most common measures of wireless performance - according to drive test data collected by third-party independent wireless engineering firm Global Wireless Solutions (GWS).

"AT&T is committed to providing our customers with the very best possible network experience to complement our line-up of the most popular wireless devices that is unmatched in the industry," said AT&T Indiana Vice President and General Manager Brian Ducharme. "Since 2007 through the third quarter of 2009 we have invested more than $70 million in the Indianapolis network to advance our goal of providing customers with a wireless experience that is second to none."

More than twice the number of smartphone customers have chosen AT&T over its nearest competitor. AT&T is investing billions of dollars in its wireless network companywide in 2009 alone. Indianapolis area network enhancements include initiatives to improve speed, capacity and coverage.

"In these challenging economic times, our investments are helping the local economy and delivering the kind of innovative wireless services that people desire," said AT&T Indiana President George S. Fleetwood. "We applaud Gov. Daniels and the Indiana General Assembly for creating an environment that encourages wireless providers to invest in bringing advanced connectivity options to Hoosiers."

AT&T 2009 network enhancements in Indianapolis to date include:

-- Provided expanded mobile coverage in Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indianapolis International Airport by installing their network equipment on to Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) in both facilities; -- Provided additional capacity to 129 3G sites; -- Activated five new 3G cell sites; -- Doubled 3G network capacity with deployment of 850 MHz spectrum to more than 13 cell sites, providing broader reach and better in-building wireless coverage; -- Completed various network capacity upgrades to the cell sites and switches to support higher volumes of voice and data traffic, including the addition of more than 688 T1 lines to add more voice and data capacity between the cell site and routing switch; -- Improved backhaul capacity to cell sites across Indianapolis, expanding the critical connections that deliver traffic from a cell site into the global IP backbone network, helping meet the unprecedented demand for mobile connectivity; -- Upgraded power performance at multiple sites to improve reliability during any possible power outages.

In 2010, AT&T plans to roll out even faster 3G speeds in 25 of the top 30 markets with deployment of HSPA 7.2. This technology doubles the theoretical peak speed of today's 3G network. As with all wireless connections, typical real-world speeds will be less than the theoretical maximum, and will vary based on a number of factors. AT&T is currently planning for field trials of next generation LTE wireless technology. AT&T expects LTE field trials to begin next year, with deployment beginning in 2011, which is when manufacturers expect a wide variety of compatible devices to be available.

As part of AT&T's ongoing commitment to deliver the best possible wireless experience, AT&T recently announced the launch of AT&T Mark the Spot, an iPhone app that enables customers to quickly and easily provide feedback on AT&T network performance in a specific location. The new AT&T Mark the Spot app adds to AT&T's existing network performance data to further fine-tune network investment planning and prioritization moving forward. The app, available today as a free download via the iTunes App Store, enables users to provide valuable feedback with as little as two button clicks.

The latest GWS data confirms a national dropped call rate of only 1.32 percent and that AT&T has the nation's fastest 3G network.

Along with AT&T tracking to invest between $17 billion and $18 billion this year - billions of which is dedicated to its wireless network - these metrics demonstrate that AT&T's investments are paying off for customers.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

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