Meeting today’s demands & preparing for tomorrow’s technology: The need for small cell technology

Our customers want to download content faster, stream movies with amazing quality, stay connected with friends and family, and have greater control of their homes — even when they are not there. This is why we’re making sure our network is the best for our customers and our communities

And, the proof is in the data — usage that is. Since 2007, we have seen the amount of data used on our mobile network increase by about 470,000%. As streaming video online increases and new apps and services are introduced, this growth in data use will only continue to rise.

With this increased demand on our mobile network — and to prepare for 5G and future technologies - we need statewide policies in place to help speed up the installation of technology known as small cells.

Small cells will:


Help enable faster wireless Internet speeds.


Provide more and targeted network capacity for things like streaming music or videos.


Lay the foundation required to support the technologies of the future — such as 5G, smart cities and new developments in the Internet of Things (IoT).


Improve wireless experience in places where large cell towers are not the best solution.

The size and flexibility of small cells helps AT&T target areas needing additional capacity in a way that is low profile and unobtrusive. When placed outdoors, they can be attached to existing utility poles, light poles, traffic lights or exterior walls of buildings. And indoors, small cells can be placed above ceiling tiles or attached to drop ceiling mounts.

Small cells will allow us to provide a better mobile LTE experience today, while also allowing us to prepare for the technologies of the future — such as 5G, smart cities and new developments in the Internet of Things (IoT).

We’ve been working with state and local leaders in Pennsylvania to come up with the best ways to give communities access to the wireless services they want and need — from smart cities solutions to education to healthcare to entertainment and much more.

More than 20 states, including Ohio, West Virginia, Delaware and Virginia in our region, have passed state laws that will bring new investment to those states and speed up the installation of this vital mobile broadband equipment. It’s time for Pennsylvania to join the growing number of states that have passed modern rules for this modern technology.

Learn more here.

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