AT&T Expands 4G Mobile Internet Coverage in Montana
Feb 27, 2013 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) --
AT&T announced that it has invested nearly $70 million in its Montana wireless and wireline networks from 2010 through 2012, with a focus on expanding 4G mobile Internet coverage and enhancing the overall performance of its networks.
AT&T reported that it has made more than 110 wireless network upgrades in six key categories in Montana during 2012, including activating new cell sites, adding capacity, upgrading cell sites to provide fast 4G mobile Internet speeds, deploying high-capacity Ethernet connections to cell sites, and adding or upgrading Distributed Antenna Systems, which boost wireless coverage and capacity in buildings and at major venues like convention halls or sports arenas.
"We know our customers depend on us for fast, reliable mobile Internet connections at home, work and everywhere in between," said Jenifer Robertson, AT&T vice president general manager. "Delivering for our Montana customers is a top priority and our ongoing investment here is designed to deliver a superior mobile Internet experience, encompassing speed, coverage and reliability."
"As consumers and business demand more access to high-tech devices and live in a high-tech world, we must provide the networks to sustain that growth. In our wireless world, mobile and broadband networks create economic opportunities for health care, manufacturing, education, transportation and public safety and virtually every other economic sector," said Jason Olson, Director-External Affairs.
Planned Investment to Expand Reach of Wireless and Wired Broadband
AT&T recently launched Project Velocity IP (VIP), a three-year investment initiative to expand and enhance its wireless and wired IP broadband networks. As part of Project VIP, AT&T plans to increase the density of its wireless network by deploying more than 10,000 macro sites, more than 1,000 distributed antenna systems, and more than 40,000 small cells. Through this initiative, the Company plans to:
-Expand 4G LTE to cover more than 300 million people by year-end 2014
-Expand the AT&T wired IP broadband network to cover approximately 75 percent of customer locations in our wired service area by year-end 2015
-Expand the AT&T fiber network to reach 1 million additional business locations by year-end 2015
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