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AT&T Expands Atlanta Wireless Data Service Coverage

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AT&T announced on Friday that it has expanded its wireless data coverage in the Atlanta area. The company added what it called a second layer of capacity, or "second carrier," to almost 90 cell sites throughout the Atlanta metro area to offer more wireless data capacity during peak broadband traffic times.

The cell service provider previously rolled out an 850MHz band upgrade to more that 540 cell sites around Atlanta in an effort to improve overall voice coverage, too. The upgrade should offer better cell coverage indoors, and allow for higher network capacity.

The company also completed 850MHz upgrades in some other cities in 2009, including Denver.

AT&T has come under fire in recent months for not being able to keep up with customer demand in many cities because of heavy iPhone usage. Two of the larger areas impacted by apparent over capacity issues include New York and San Francisco, although AT&T hasn't said when it plans to offer similar multi-layer service upgrades in those cities.

Comments

Lee Dronick

Does anyone here know of a cell tower map that indicates the ones for the various carriers? I have looked several times and most of the websites I found that claim to show the towers/sites are pretty incomplete or have maps of too small of a scale.

No doubt that new cell sites are going up. Yesterday I noticed a new cell site at the entrance to a city park. It was on three flagpoles and at first glance look to be those blisters used to furl a flag without hauling it down.

Last month I received a letter of intent to a cell site on a church a one block from me. There is supposed to be a neighborhood meeting on the subject early this year.

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