In an effort to increase the visibility of its service upgrades in both the New York and Philadelphia metropolitan areas, AT&T; has introduced a microsite that includes maps of the upgrades it has completed since January 2011.
To find the maps, go to this website for New York or this one for Philadelphia. Activate the map by choosing a town from the pull-down menu on the left side of the screen. You can zoom in on the map to see in greater detail where the upgrades have been made.
NJTechWeekly.com looked at a North Jersey upgrades sample and noted the following:
- Hoboken has had 11 capacity upgrades (adding more traffic lanes to the cell site to reduce dropped calls and improve service quality) and 11 network connection upgrades (expanded network connections with fiber lines, allowing more traffic to flow back to the network faster.) Also, there are enabled 4G data speeds for compatible devices.
- In Basking Ridge, the company has made five capacity upgrades and five connection upgrades.
- Looking at Newark, we found 67 total upgrades with one new cell cite, 35 capacity upgrades and 31 network connection upgrades.
In central N.J. and South Jersey:
- Camden has had a total of nine upgrades, four for capacity and five for network connections, while Haddonfield has received only two upgrades, one for capacity and one for network connections.
- The state capital, Trenton, has received one new cell site, five capacity upgrades and 18 network upgrades.
NJTechWeekly.com didn’t see Princeton or Atlantic City listed on either map.
In a release, AT&T; said that in the greater New York region, from the beginning of 2011 through March 26, 2012, it has:
- Built more than 40 new cell sites, providing more bars in the area.
- Upgraded more than 45 cell sites, providing faster mobile internet speeds.
- Added more than 3,000 carriers to increase spectrum on area cell sites, providing extra capacity to reduce dropped calls and improve service quality at busy times.
- Expanded nearly 2,900 network connections with fiber lines at area cell sites, helping reduce dropped calls and enable 4G data speeds for compatible devices.