AT&T Wraps Up NYC Network Upgrades

AT&T finally finished its wireless network upgrades for New York City on Monday, which will hopefully relieve some of the stress customers have been experiencing because of poor connections and slow data speeds.

The company added new frequency layers to cell sites in Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn to ease congestion and improve 3G wireless data connection speeds. “In New York City, we’ve added a layer of high-performing 850 MHz spectrum to deploy more radio capacity and enhance in-building coverage throughout the city,” the company said in a statement.

iPhone owners have been especially vocal about dropped calls and poor data network performance in New York City. With the continuing popularity of Apple’s combination iPod and smartphone, coupled with the launch of the iPhone 4, the network upgrades are welcome, although there hasn’t been enough time yet to determine whether or not they’ll be effective.

AT&T plans to continue upgrading its networks throughout the United States.

“Faster 3G speeds are scheduled to become available this year and in 2011 on a market by market basis as AT&T combines the new technology with the increased deployment of high-speed backhaul connections to cell sites, primarily with fiber-optic technology,” the company said. “Late this year, we plan to upgrade our network to HSPA+, the latest generation of our 3G platform.”