ANN ARBOR — AT&T Inc. announced Wednesday it has upgraded a mobile Internet cell site in Ann Arbor to expand AT&T 4G LTE coverage for employees, physicians, visitors, patients and their families in and around the University of Michigan Health System Complex.
“This long-awaited site, within the U-M hospital complex, will improve the hospital outdoor campus as well as enhance the in-building customer experience within the main hospital and Taubman Center,” said John Romsek, a radio access network engineer for AT&T Michigan.
The network upgrade will signal faster downloads and fewer dropped calls along the area of Simpson Drive, AT&T officials said.
“The new site build is expected to provide significant service and coverage improvement throughout the U-M campus,” said Daniel Robaciu, area manager, RAN Engineering, AT&T Michigan. “The University Hospital and Medical Sciences Research Buildings will see three times more coverage. The Victor Vaughan, Taubman, Buhl and Med Science Units should see 30 percent more coverage as a result of this network enhancement.”
AT&T launched its 4G LTE network in Detroit in September 2012. The new cell site is one part of AT&T’s ongoing efforts to expand 4G LTE coverage and to drive investment and innovation to deliver the nation’s best, most advanced mobile Internet experience for customers.
This launch is part of AT&T’s Project Velocity IP, a three-year investment plan announced in Fall 2012 to expand and enhance its IP broadband networks. Through this investment, AT&T is supporting its customers’ growing desire for high-speed Internet access and new mobile, app and cloud-based services. As part of Project VIP, AT&T plans to add macro cell sites nationwide by year-end 2015, as well as deploy small cells and add Distributed Antenna Systems to increase the density of its wireless network.