AT&T Expands Capacity Of 3G Network In NYC; Claims Voice Quality Improved By 47%

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AT&T has just announced that it has expanded capacity of its 3G mobile broadband network in Manhattan and throughout New York city.

This should come as a relief to iPhone users in New York city as it was one of regions where AT&T is notorious for its bad network, where it was reported that the average drop call rate close to 30%.

Here are excerpts from AT&T’s press statement, which provides some details:

AT&T* today announced the completion of a local initiative to increase the wireless capacity of its third generation (3G) mobile broadband network in Manhattan as well as the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens. As a result of this upgrade, customers in these areas are expected to experience improved 3G wireless voice and data connectivity and performance, especially during peak hours.

The network enhancement includes the addition of new layers of frequency, also known as "carriers," to more efficiently manage available spectrum and increase 3G capacity. The additions have been applied to nearly all cell sites in Manhattan and in other areas as needed throughout the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn. The result is an increased allocation of network resources for AT&T's 3G network to support ever-growing demand for mobile broadband services.

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. As of the first quarter of 2010, we've seen two consecutive quarters of strong voice quality improvements in New York according to internal measurements. In Manhattan, quality improved 47 percent quarter over quarter.

Additionally, as of the first quarter of 2010 our national 3G average data download speeds are up 25 percent versus a year ago based on internal data. Earlier this year, AT&T completed a software upgrade at 3G cell sites nationwide that prepares the nation's fastest 3G network for even faster speeds.

We hope these steps taken by AT&T also reduces the average drop call rate. AT&T claims that the steps taken to improve its network has increased download speeds by 25% compared to last year and voice quality has improved by 47% quarter over quarter. 

Have you observed these improvements?

Thanks Vishnu for the tip!

[via Engadget]