AT&T Mobility issued a flurry of press releases that detail some of its planned 3G investments for 2010 in various markets across the US as part of its plan to spend $18 billion to $19 billion on wireline and wireless capital investment this year.
In New York City, a region of particular concern given the volume of users, AT&T said it plans to add nearly 40 new cell sites and upgrade another 70 sites to 3G. The operator noted it spent nearly $290 million on capital expenses in the New York metro area in 2009.
"Wireless data traffic on the AT&T network has grown more than 5,000 percent over the past three years, largely attributed to today's advanced smartphones that are generating dramatically increasing volumes of network traffic," AT&T said in a release. "In fact, roughly 40 percent of AT&T's postpaid base uses a smartphone today, representing twice the number of smartphone customers than any other U.S. provider."
Other markets on tap for 3G investments include: Pennsylvania, Delaware, Nebraska, Ohio, Iowa, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Alabama and New Jersey.
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