As part of its continuing network investment and ongoing 4G LTE rollout, AT&T has added two mobile Internet cell sites in Columbus to expand AT&T 4G LTE coverage for area residents and visitors. The new cell sites are located along Schatulga Road and along 10th Avenue.
AT&T launched its ultra-fast 4G LTE network in Columbus in the spring. The new cell sites are 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, the company said.
"Our goal is for our customers to have an extraordinary experience, and they'll be able to download, upload, stream and game faster than ever before on our 4G LTE network," Terry Smith, AT&T regional director of external affairs, said in a statement.
The Columbus upgrade is part of AT&T's Project Velocity IP (VIP), a three-year investment plan announced in the fall of 2012 to expand and enhance its IP broadband networks. Through the investment, AT&T said, it is supporting customers' growing desire for high-speed Internet access and new mobile, app and cloud-based services.
As part of Project VIP, AT&T said it plans to add more than 10,000 macro cell sites nationwide by year-end 2015, as well as deploy more than 40,000 small cells and add more than 1,000 "distributed antenna systems" to increase the density of its wireless network. Those systems use multiple small antennas to maximize coverage and speed within stadiums, convention centers, office buildings, hotels and other areas where traditional coverage methods are challenging.
AT&T said it has invested more than $116 billion in its wireless and wired-line networks across the country from 2007 to 2012.
TSYS to process credit cards for KBC Bank Ireland
TSYS said it has extended its relationship with KBC Bank Ireland (KBC), and will support the bank's credit-card launch in the Irish market.
Columbus-based TSYS currently provides debit payment services for KBC. Terms of the new deal were not disclosed.
KBC has been operating in Ireland for 40 years and is part of KBC Bank NV, one of Europe's largest banks. KBC provides business and personal banking services to customers in Ireland. Its debit card, launched in 2013, was awarded "Best New Debit Card Programme of the Year" at this year's Card & Payments Awards.
"The launch of our credit card product enables us to provide additional services to our account holders, and TSYS continues to work with us as a trusted partner," Dara Deering, executive director and head of retail banking, KBC Bank Ireland, said in a statement.
"Having successfully worked with KBC to launch debit capabilities, we have been able to meet their expectations to further launch a solution for credit cards," Kelley Knutson, executive vice president with TSYS International, said in a statement.
KBC launched its credit card in March. As well as supporting the bank's card processing operations, TSYS Managed Services EMEA also supports its credit card portfolio with customer service, dispute and charge-back handling, and fraud and strategy management.