AT&T announced on Friday that it has activated six new cell sites in north central Ohio to improve mobile phone and Internet coverage.
“As part of the Mid-Ohio community, we’re always looking for new opportunities to provide enhanced coverage, and our investment in the local wireless network is just one way we’re accomplishing that,” said Larry Evans, vice president and general manager of AT&T Ohio and Western Pennsylvania.
Network improvements in the Galion area include:
» Bucyrus — Two sites will help enhance mobile coverage to southeast Bucyrus and U.S. 30.
» Galion — Two sites will help enhance coverage to northern and southern Galion, and along U.S. 30, Ohio 97 and Ohio 598.
» Lexington — One site will help enhance coverage near the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
“The enhancements mean you’re likely to sense either greater mobile broadband speeds or greater coverage,” said Holly Hollingsworth, an AT&T spokeswoman in Ohio.
AT&T has invested more than $200 million in its Ohio wireless and wireline networks in the first half of 2011. To date, the company has added more than 50 new cell sites in Ohio, upgraded more than 130 sites to provide faster mobile broadband speeds and added capacity to more than 360 cell sites.
AT&T offers 3G mobile Internet in north central Ohio and across the country. The company has rolled out 4G LTE, the next generation of mobile Internet, in select cities, and plans to offer it nationwide by the end of next year, Hollingsworth said.
“Our recently announced agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA will strengthen and expand our network,” said Tom Pelto, president of AT&T Ohio. “If approved, this deal means that we’ll be able to expand 4G LTE (coverage) from our current plan of 80 percent of the U.S. population to more than 97 percent.”