AT&T lights up 3G network in Vermont

Apple Online Store AT&T has announced an update on the availability of its 3G mobile broadband network in Vermont.

“Vermonters are keenly aware of the value and importance of having access to high speed voice and data networks within the state and the news of AT&T’s introduction of 3G capabilities to their network is welcome, indeed,” said Thomas E. Murray, Executive Director of the Vermont Telecommunications Authority, in the press release. “The VTA values the investments of partners like AT&T in Vermont as the VTA works toward fulfilling its mission to make broadband and wireless coverage available across the state.”

AT&T’s 3G mobile broadband network opens the door to a new era of mobile services and feature-rich audio and video content for AT&T customers. As part of AT&T’s initial network upgrade plan, 3G will go live on a rolling basis starting in Bennington, Brattleboro, Brownsville, Killington, Vernon, Warren, West Dover and White River Junction sometime this week. By December 31st, 3G will be added in Burlington, Colchester, Essex Junction, Fayston, Hartford, Jamaica, Jeffersonville, Middlebury, Rutland, South Burlington, St. Albans, Stowe, Waitsfield, West Rutland, West Townshend, West Wardsboro, Williston and Winooski.

This year’s 3G expansion is the first part of an ongoing network upgrade in Vermont. Additional coverage enhancements, including early first quarter 3G expansions in Barre, Montpelier and Northfield are already planned for 2010.

The network extension is part of AT&T’s ongoing efforts to drive innovation and investment to deliver the benefits of smartphones and mobile broadband for customers. More smartphone customers have chosen AT&T over any other U.S. competitor, and AT&T is committed to driving continual enhancement of network capabilities to meet these customers’ ever-growing mobile broadband needs.

“Delivering dependable wireless coverage for consumers and business customers who need to stay connected to work, family and friends is our ultimate objective,” said William Leahy, vice president of Atlantic region legislative and regulatory affairs for AT&T, in the press release. “Our ongoing investments in the state will help us ensure that our customers have access to the wireless services that help drive economic growth.”

In addition its local 3G expansion, AT&T has integrated all legacy Unicel cell sites in Vermont into AT&T’s existing nationwide network and added a dozen new cell sites across the state. AT&T closed its acquisition of Unicel’s Vermont assets in December 2008.

“It has been an exciting first year for us in Vermont and we are thrilled to bring 3G to the state,” said Steve Krom, vice president and general manager, AT&T New England, in the press release. “We know that demand for wireless bandwidth is growing, whether it’s for sharing video and photos with friends, watching a movie, checking the latest scores, or listening to music on a phone, netbook or other mobile devices on the go.”

AT&T matches its network investment with unsurpassed choice in the range of devices, services and applications compatible with its 3G network – the nation’s fastest, according to independent testing. AT&T offers a wide variety of devices from more than a dozen manufacturers, including handsets that are compatible with six different operating systems and five different e-mail applications. Our Media Mall 2.0 offers more than 90,000 content options, and customers can download additional applications over the Internet. Additionally, AT&T supports a community of more than 20,000 application developers via its devCentral portal.

AT&T’s 3G mobile broadband network is based on the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) family of technologies that includes GSM and UMTS, the most open and widely used wireless network platforms in the world. AT&T’s 3G network is available in more than 350 major metropolitan areas. AT&T also offers 3G data roaming in more than 100 countries, as well as voice calling in more than 215 countries.

To find out more details about AT&T’s wireless coverage in Vermont or anywhere in the United States, consumers can go to www.wireless.att.com/coverageviewer/. The online tool provides up-to-date wireless coverage information for specific locations. The tool can measure the quality of coverage based on a street address, intersection, ZIP code or even a landmark. There are ten AT&T-owned retail locations in Vermont. AT&T’s products and services are also available at a number of authorized dealer and national retail locations.

Source: AT&T Inc.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Edward W.” for the heads up.]

15 Comments

  1. Well, that’s good news for Vermonters in general; all my friends with iPhones will be delighted. Unfortunately, I’m in an area north of Montpelier that is a complete dead zone for cell service (Verizon can’t hear himself now here, either). Tough to justify paying for a service I can’t receive without driving 10 miles from home.

  2. Before anybody craps all over AT&T;and how much more advanced 3G is in Europe, consider that in most countries the wireless networks were all basically GSM.

    Unlike the US, where majority of the networks are not GSM and the major supplier is AT&T;.

    As such, AT&T;is virtually alone in building the necessary network/infrastructure for the iPhone.

    (Remember, the expanding the existing network and reducing data charges was a prerequisite that Jobs demanded to be an iPhone service/supplier and because only AT&T;agreed to such did they get exclusivity. Note, basically the same conditions were extended in other countries as well. Obviously, countries in which most of the networks were GSM compatible, multiple providers became an option.)

    In addition, it should be obvious that the European networks have fewer issues satisfying the iPhone needs. Countries are smaller geographically. Many networks were or still are public subsidized. Greater population densities = higher concentration of towers = cheaper costs.

    It is unfortunate that there is disparity of service across the US. But as long as is a free country in which you have the right to decide which format you want your business to run on, it doesn’t mean that everybody must build the business on your business decision.

  3. An open letter to:-

    Dear MDN
    To finish off the decade, could you write an article featuring all your iCalls this decade, which ones have been fulfilled, pending or not yet been fulfilled. Of particular interest to me is the number of iPhones sold compared to the original target quoted, also the number of Apple shops opened in the USA and around the world, the number of data centers Apple is planning or has opened, the number of computers Apple have sold, the number of operating systems released and their names, business’s bought by Apple, business’s that sprung up purely because of Apple e.g Apps and iPod peripherals.

    That would be a nice way to say goodbye to the noughties and give us an idea of what to expect in the tensteenies.

    Yours Sincerely
    Crabapple

  4. Erratum

    “It is unfortunate that there is disparity of service across the US. But as long as is a free country in which you have the right to decide which format you want your business to run on, it doesn’t mean that everybody must build the business on your business decision.”

    should read

    It is unfortunate that there is disparity of service across the US. But as long as it is a free country in which you have the right to decide which format you want your business to run on, it doesn’t mean that everybody must build their business on your business decision.

  5. last august i was driving from mass. to new york via new hampshire and vermont. stopped at the vt/ny border on rte. 4 – out in the middle of nowhere almost literally – and had great att iphone coverage – never expected that at all. in september i was driving thru the adirondack preserve and had att cell phone coverage almost everywhere – the maps app kept me from getting lost. i’m not even sure how they got permission to put cell phone towers in there.

  6. I’m heading back east in a few days. Of course, where I’m going, I can’t get AT&T service–I can’t get Verizon, either. It’s a…dead zone.

    But if I walk down the road, it’ll be nice to get yummy 3G goodness.

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