AT&T tests will cause cell phone disruptions

TUPELO – AT&T’s tests of its 3G network in Tupelo will cause dropped and blocked calls for AT&T’s wireless users, a spokeswoman said Thursday.
Sue Sperry said the company is testing its 3G network on 30 sites “in and around the Tupelo metro area.”
Each site is turned off as it is tested, Sperry said, which will cause connectivity issues for users.
She said handoffs will be an issue if users are driving and they move from one tower that is on to another tower that isn’t.
She also said calls may be dropped or blocked as towers are taken down.
“It’s only temporary during the testing and activation phase,” she said. “It’s the storm before the calm.”
She said the testing phase will last several weeks, with AT&T’s goal to get 3G rolled out in Tupelo before Jan. 1.
“It may be the very last day of the year, but we’re doing everything we can to make it,” Sperry said.

Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal