AT&T Upgrades Towers In Boca Raton

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BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — If you're like many of us in the BocaNewsNow.com world headquarters, you've been a loyal AT&T Wireless customer since the iPhone was born — but now may be thinking about eating the ETF (early termination fee) and moving to Verizon Wireless, which traditionally has excellent coverage for both voice and data.

Our AT&T service is so sporadic that we use a Micro Cell — a special adapter provided by AT&T that lets our iPhone send calls over the internet in far West Boca — to make up for the less-than-good service in the area.

But don't cancel your service just yet.

AT&T, just days before the new iPhone 5 is revealed, says it has just upgraded its service in and around Boca Raton.

Read on the for the official statement:

Customers in South Florida are expected to experience improved mobile Internet coverage and capacity as a result of continued local investment and innovation by AT&T*. The company announced today that it has upgraded 45 cell sites in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties with additional wireless capacity and activated a new 4G LTE mobile Internet cell site in Pompano Beach.

The new 4G LTE cell site, located north of Sample Road and west of Military Trail, is enhancing wireless coverage for residents and businesses in the surrounding areas and delivering speeds faster than many other mobile Internet technologies.** AT&T launched its ultra-fast 4G LTE network in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach in July 2012. The new Pompano Beach cell site is a part of AT&T’s ongoing efforts to expand 4G LTE coverage and deliver the nation’s best, most advanced mobile Internet experience for customers.

“Our goal is for our customers to have an extraordinary experience. As part of the South Florida community, we’re always looking for new opportunities to provide an enhanced customer experience and our investment in the local wireless network is just one way we’re accomplishing that,” said AT&T Florida President Marshall Criser, lll.

Separately, the network capacity upgrades involved adding new layers of frequency, also known as “carriers,” to 45 sites to more efficiently manage available spectrum and increase mobile Internet capacity. The additional capacity makes it possible for the sites to accommodate more traffic, which helps improve the performance of mobile broadband voice and data connectivity.

The areas benefitting from the additional capacity in Miami-Dade County include Miami, Miami Gardens, Coral Gables, North Miami Beach, Miami Beach, Cutler Bay, Goulds, Quail Heights, Cypress National Preserve, Olympia Heights, North Bay Village, Bal Harbour, Bay Harbour Islands, Indian Creek Village, Surfside, Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, and Miami Lakes.

In Broward County, the areas benefitting from the additional capacity include Hollywood, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Fort Lauderdale, Davie, Sunrise, Plantation, Oakland Park, Lauderdale by the Sea, Sea Ranch Lakes, Southwest Ranches, and Weston.

Palm Beach County areas benefitting from the capacity upgrades include Boca Raton, Highland Beach, Palm Beach and Singer Island.

AT&T has the nation’s largest 4G network, covering 275 million people, and the best international coverage of any U.S. wireless provider, providing access to voice service in more than 225 countries and data service in more than 200 countries.

AT&T also operates the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network*** including more than 30,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers across the country. Most AT&T smartphone customers get access to our entire national Wi-Fi network at no additional cost, and Wi-Fi usage doesn’t count against customers’ monthly wireless data plans.

For more information about AT&T’s coverage in South Florida or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. For updates on the local AT&T wireless network please visit http://www.att.com/SouthFloridaNetwork.