AT&T said on Monday that it spent more than $585 million in Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine between 2009 and 2011 in an effort to boost its network performance and coverage. The carrier also said that it spent more than $2.8 billion in Florida and $6.3 billion in Texas during the same time period.
AT&T spent more than $60 million boosting network performance and mobile broadband coverage in Maine where it made more than 400 upgrades to its wireless network. It also activated 12 new cell sites and upgraded 35 others to support mobile broadband. The carrier made 250 upgrades on its wireless network in Vermont, where it invested more than $50 million, and activated an additional 80 sites. AT&T also spent $475 million making more than 1,050 improvements to its network in Massachusetts, where it activated 20 new cell sites and upgraded 15 more to support mobile broadband speeds.
The carrier said it also invested $6.3 billion in Texas between 2009 and 2012, during which it made more than 4,500 network enhancements, upgraded 325 towers and activated more than 100 new cell sites. AT&T also deployed 4G LTE in Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Antonio.
Lastly, AT&T said that it spent more than $2.8 billion in Florida making 3,850 network upgrades. The carrier upgraded 150 different cell sites to support mobile broadband speeds, activated 50 brand new cell sites and deployed its 4G LTE network in Orlando this past January.
"We're working hard to make Florida the best state in the nation for business, creating the right climate to prompt further investment from industry leaders like AT&T," said Florida Secretary of Commerce Gray Swoope, who also serves as the president & CEO of Enterprise Florida. "AT&T's efforts are also helping Florida maintain a strong infrastructure that can meet broadband and other vital needs of the state's businesses and citizens."
AT&T said it is planning to add thousands of additional "carriers" to cell sites nationally in an effort to boost the performance and reliability of its national mobile broadband network.
AT&T Invests Nearly $6.3 Billion in Texas From 2009 Through 2011 to Improve Local Networks
Company Builds New Cell Sites, Boosts Capacity and Adds Fiber Optics to Enhance Networks
DALLAS, Feb. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — AT&T* invested nearly $6.3 billion in its Texas wireless and wireline networks from 2009 through 2011 with a focus on improving the company's mobile broadband coverage and overall performance of its networks.
During 2011, AT&T made more than 4,500 wireless network upgrades in four key categories in Texas. These enhancements include:
- Activating more than 100 new cell sites or towers to improve network coverage.
- Deploying faster fiber-optic connections to nearly 2,200 cell sites. Combined with HSPA+ technology, these deployments enable 4G speeds**.
- Adding capacity or an extra layer of frequency to cell sites – like adding lanes to a highway – with the addition of nearly 1,900 of these layers, or "carriers".
- Upgrading more than 325 cell sites to provide fast mobile broadband speeds.
AT&T also launched its new 4G LTE network in Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Antonio.
"Our goal is to deliver a network experience that mobilizes everything for customers," said Dave Nichols, AT&T Texas President. "The ongoing investment we're making in Texas is designed to increase coverage and reliability, and to provide advanced services to our customers. Paired with our recent launch of our 4G LTE network in Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Antonio, customers can use wireless technology to its full potential."
CNN Money recently recognized AT&T for enhancing its wireless network. Last year, AT&T completed 150,000 network enhancements across the country, more than triple the year before, giving customers more capacity and faster speeds, as well as improving 3G dropped-call performance by 25 percent.
AT&T plans to support the build or upgrade of thousands of cell sites nationwide to increase network speed, coverage and reliability for both mobile voice and broadband services. In addition, AT&T plans to install additional radio "carriers" at thousands of cell sites nationally, enabling new layers of spectrum capacity to carry larger volumes of mobile broadband traffic. Additional capacity helps support rising mobile data traffic volumes, which continue to increase at a rapid pace.
AT&T operates the nation's largest Wi-Fi network*** with nearly 30,000 hotspots in the U.S. and provides access to nearly 190,000 hotspots globally through roaming agreements. Most AT&T smartphone customers get access to our entire national Wi-Fi network at no additional cost, and Wi-Fi usage doesn't count against customers' monthly wireless data plans.
AT&T recently launched "Focus: Dallas" and "Focus: Houston," which provide visitors a peek into AT&T's wireless network enhancements made since the beginning of 2011. Enhancements include new cell sites, broadband speed upgrades, capacity upgrades and network connection upgrades. The sites also provide a map of area AT&T stores, a map of area Wi-Fi hotspots, useful tips, a localized Twitter handle and device reviews. The sites can be found at http://focus.att.com/dfw andhttp://focus.att.com/houston.
For more information about AT&T's coverage in Texas or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. Using the online tool, AT&T customers can measure quality of coverage from a street address, intersection, ZIP code or even a landmark.
For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc.under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
**4G speeds delivered by HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. Available in limited areas. Availability increasing with ongoing backhaul deployment. 4G device required. Learn more at att.com/network.
*** Largest based on company branded and operated hotspots. Access includes AT&T Wi-Fi Basic. A Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See www.attwifi.com for details and locations.