AT&T Beefing Up Wireless Network in Pleasanton and Livermore

In cities where signals were historically weak, this is welcome news.

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.

Tanya Rose October 13, 2011 at 02:14 PM
I hope so too! I've been waiting for this ever since moving to Pleasanton (I feel like it's especially bad here. Sometimes I can't get a single bar).
Peggy Wolf March 06, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Is there any update on this? Service from AT&T in p-town is still horrible...especially near Valley & Santa Rita. At this point their service upgrade seems like an empty promise. Thanks
Tanya Rose March 06, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Peggy - thanks for asking! I will check and see. My sense is that they already did the upgrades and it just didn't help. As a person who lives in that exact area and owns two AT&T phones (one is personal, one is for work), I COMPLETELY sympathize and had been wondering the same thing. Do you have a microcell through AT&T? it's not great, but it does help and if you're in one of the affected areas, you get it either for free or at a discount.
a local citizen March 07, 2012 at 12:08 AM
When it comes to Pleasanton people have forgotten the Pleasanton City Council voted down new cell sites. Not good for businesses people.
Gordon October 07, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Tanya were you able to check progress on this story from AT&T ? The coverage in Pleasanton has not improved. Getting close to contract renewal time and will be left with two useless AT&T IPhones when we are forced to move to Verizon.


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