AT&T announced today that it will be upgrading its wireless network in Pleasanton and Livermore, boosting weak signals, offering faster download speeds and fewer dropped calls.
Connectivity and call performance will will get better over the course of the year as these upgrades kick in and as further additions come online, according to the company.
Many people in the area use iPhones and had been relegated to buying a signal-boosting miniature "microcell" tower to boost their signal, so this is welcome news.
The enhancements, according to a press release, include ten "capacity" additions in Livermore and seven in Pleasanton, which will enhance data flow and call quality.
In all, AT&T has added additional capacity to 167 cell sites in Alameda County that will help improve overall service as part of a push for upgrades, according to the release.
“Adding more capacity to a cell site is like adding more lanes on the freeway so that voice and data traffic flows faster,” said Terry Stenzel, AT&T Vice President and General Manager for Northern California and Northern Nevada.
In addition, AT&T will continue upgrading cell sites with fiber optic and Ethernet connections back to the central switching facilities, enabling faster 4G speeds.
“We’re investing in our network in Pleasanton, Livermore and Alameda County as a whole because we’re committed to providing best-in-class wireless voice and data service to our customers,” said Ken McNeely, AT&T’s California President.
AT&T has invested nearly $775 million in its San Francisco Bay Area wireless and wireline networks from 2008 through 2010.