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AT&T expands coverage in Newton

The Associated Press . In this Jan. 25, 2007 file photo, the AT&T Michigan headquarters is shown in Detroit. AT&T Inc. on Sunday, March 20, 2011 said it will buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom AG in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $39 billion, becoming the largest cellphone company in the U.S.

The Associated Press . In this Jan. 25, 2007 file photo, the AT&T Michigan headquarters is shown in Detroit. AT&T Inc. on Sunday, March 20, 2011 said it will buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom AG in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $39 billion, becoming the largest cellphone company in the U.S.

COVINGTON - AT&T is expanding mobile broadband coverage in Newton County. The company announced this week that it has activated a new mobile broadband cell site along Salem and Brown Bridge roads to enhance coverage in the area.

Mobile broadband speeds allow customers to surf the Web, download files faster and get the latest mobile applications.

"Supporting mobile broadband growth is our number one investment priority," said Paul Chambers, regional director of external affairs for AT&T Georgia. "We continue to make significant investments to deliver dependable wireless access in more places across north Georgia."

AT&T Communications Manager Ann L. Elsas declined to give details on the area the new site will cover or whether there are remaining gaps in coverage in Newton, saying that information is proprietary.

"The objective of the new cell site in Covington is to broaden AT&T's current footprint in the area, along Salem Road and Brown Bridge Road, in order to provide an improved customer experience for both voice and data," Elsas said.

A recent agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA will strengthen and expand AT&T's network in Covington, according to a press release issued this week.

If approved, the deal will allow AT&T to expand 4GLTE mobile broadband from 80 percent to 97 percent of the U.S. population, according to Keith Holmes, vice president and general manager of AT&T Georgia.

AT&T's mobile broadband network is based on the 3rd Generation Partnership Project family of technologies that includes GSM and UMTs, the most widely used wireless network platforms in the world.

AT&T provides access to voice service in more than 220 countries and data service in more than 200 countries. The company operates the nation's largest WiFi network with nearly 27,000 hotspots in the country and nearly 190,000 hotspots globally.