Tuesday July 16, 2019

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NY Convergence ORIGINAL

AT&T Upgrades NY Network

Over the years AT&T has gotten a lot of flak from NYers about dropped calls and other quality issues with its wireless network both in Manhattan and in the outer boroughs.

To fight the perception that it is indifferent to NYers needs, AT&T today launched a microsite at Focus: New York that includes a map that lets viewers drill down to specific neighborhoods and display the network enhancements the company has made since January 1, 2011. New Jersey, Long Island and other nearby communities considered in the New York market are also included.

Features NYers will be able to see include new cell sites, broadband speed upgrades, capacity upgrades and network connection upgrades. AT&T tells  NY Convergence that the carrier will be updating the hyperlocal map weekly.

The best way to view the data is through the pull down menu on the left side of the map. Click on a neighborhood or town that interests you and the map will show you the upgrades.

Some examples: In the Bronx Highbridge /South Concourse area, AT&T made 28 upgrades, including one broadband speed upgrade which consisted of enhancing the cell site to provide faster mobile data speeds, 15 capacity upgrades to reduce dropped calls, and 12 network connection upgrades. Network connection upgrades involve expanding the cell site’s network connection with fiber lines, to allow more traffic to flow.

Manhattan’s Upper East Side received 2 broadband speed upgrades, 45 capacity upgrades and 35 network connection upgrades.  On the lower east side and Chinatown, AT&T made 2 broadband speed upgrades, 27 capacity upgrades and 25 network connection upgrades.

AT&T said that since 2011 it has built more than 40 new cell sites, added more than 3,000 carriers to increase spectrum on area cell sites and improve service quality at busy times, and expanded nearly 2,900 network connections with fiber lines at area cell sites. These efforts are attempts to reduce dropped calls and improve data speeds.