By Becky Yerak |
AT&T, which has been criticized for its service and under pressure
to improve, said it invested nearly $40 million from 2008 to 2009 to
increase the wireless capacity of its mobile broadband network
throughout the Chicago area, enabling better and faster connections for
voice and data uses even during peak hours.
More than 700 cell towers in the Chicago area were updated, and more than 40 strategically placed antennas and microcell sites were upgraded in the Loop downtown to provide additional coverage, the company said. It didn’t say by how much it was increasing its capacity in the Chicago area, and a spokeswoman didn’t have a figure readily available.
The Loop antenna system consists of about 40 pole- or building-mounted microsites and antennae “that are better suited to accommodate the city’s cavernous landscape,” Dave Fine, general manager for AT&T Mobility and Illinois consumer markets, said in a statement.
Wireless data traffic on the AT&T network has grown more than 5,000 percent during the past three years, partly due to the popularity of advanced smartphones.
Here’s a link to the AT&T press release with more details.