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AT&T boosting 3G speeds in Miami, adding coverage to South Florida

Attnewlogo AT&T announced Wednesday plans to boost it's 3G wireless speeds, starting with six major cities this year, including Miami. AT&T hasn't released geographic details and what parts of Miami will be benefited, but more details will be known closer to launch.

The technology is called HSPA -- the current 3G speed is HSPA 3.6 megabits per second, the upgrade will be to 7.2 megabits per second. Miami, along with Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles are expected to get the upgrade this year. It then will be launched to 25 markets by the end of 2010, and by 2011 will cover about 90 percent of AT&T's 3G network.

But that's not all. AT&T is also boosting the traffic it can handle in South Florida by adding a third layer of capacity from Key Biscayne to as far north as Sunrise. AT&T also upgraded its UMTS switching center and plans to double its radio network controllers capacity in South Florida before the end of 2009.

This week the company also announced activation of five new 3G cell sites, one in Miami-Dade and two each in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

In Miami, it's on Fontainebleau Boulevard near 97th Avenue, which boosts coverage in the Fontainebleau community, along the Dolphin Expressway and to the commercial area north of the expressway.

In Broward, there's one in western Parkland expanding coverage to the area north of the Sawgrass Expressway, east to University Drive, north to Loxahatchee Road and west approximately 1.5 miles. The other is along Hillsboro Mile, boosting coverage along A-1-A between S.W. 10th Street to the north and N.E. 39th Street to the south.

In Palm Beach, there's one in Boynton Beach boosting coverage along Hagen Ranch Road between Boynton Beach Boulevard to the north, Pipers Glen Boulevard to the south, the Florida Turnpike to the west, and Jog Road to the east. Another is in Wellington at the corner of Forest Hill Boulevard and S.R. 7 - U.S. 441 is providing additional coverage to the Mall at Wellington Green and surrounding areas.

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