AT&T completes broadband upgrades

Published: Friday, January 14, 2011 at 5:14 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 12:14 a.m.

AT&T announced Friday that it has completed upgrades to mobile broadband service at cell sites in north and northwest Gainesville.

The upgrades are expected to improve connectivity and performance for customers' growing demand for calls, e-mails, downloads or internet use on mobile devices, especially during peak hours, according to a news release.

The network enhancement adds new layers of frequency — or carriers — to better manage the available spectrum and increase capacity at the cell sites.

The move comes a month after Gainesville Regional Utilities enhanced its Gator Net fiber-optic network available in certain apartment communities and homeowner associations. The service is offering download speeds of 50 megabits per second and an upload speed of 5 Mbps.

And Verizon Wireless has announced that it will be launching its 4G/LTE (Fourth Generation/Long-Term Evolution) network in Gainesville later this year. The upgrade will be 10 times faster than its current 3G network, the company said, with downloads of 5-12 Mbps and uploads of 2-5 Mbps.

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