PHILADELPHIA, May 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- At AT&T1, we invested more than $450 million in our Philadelphia area wireless and wired networks from 2014-2016. These investments enhance reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. They also improve critical services that support public safety and first responders.
In 2016, AT&T made more than 950 wireless network upgrades in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas including new cell sites and the addition of network capacity.
In preparation for the Pope's visit to Philadelphia in 2015, we invested $23 million and quadrupled our capacity in the area. We joined a new, permanent oDAS (Outdoor Distributed Antenna System) on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and upgraded nearly 200 permanent cell sites throughout the greater Philadelphia area. An oDAS provides additional coverage to heavily trafficked areas, and brings smartphone users closer to the point of connection—providing a thick layer of cellular coverage.
"We're investing to provide faster, more reliable, highly secure connectivity. We want our customers to have internet access at any moment, from almost any device—anywhere," said J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Mid Atlantic. "These continued investments bring residents and businesses across Greater Philadelphia a host of new opportunities."
The AT&T LTE network covers nearly 400 million people in North America.
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) recently chose AT&T to build a nationwide public safety broadband network. The network will be dedicated to America's police, firefighters, EMS personnel and other first responders when they need it. Should Pennsylvania opt-in to the FirstNet network, we will build upon our current and planned investments with a dedicated focus on the state's first responders.
And we would expect to make a significant investment to upgrade and maintain Pennsylvania's FirstNet network over the next 25 years, bringing your first responders the coverage, value and experience they expect.
For the third year in a row, FORTUNE magazine recognized AT&T as the Most Admired Telecommunications Company in the world in 2017. We also placed No. 37 among the Top 50 World's Most Admired companies. AT&T is the only telecommunications company on the list. We ranked No. 1 in all 9 attributes. This included innovation, financial soundness and quality of products/services.
We have an extensive Wi-Fi network with more than 40,000 AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers. And we provide access to Wi-Fi at more than 1 million locations around the world. Most AT&T smartphone and home internet customers get access to the entire national AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spot network2 at no additional cost. Wi-Fi usage doesn't count against customers' monthly wireless data plans.
1 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.
2 Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See www.attwifi.com for details and locations
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*Claim based on the Nielsen Certified Data Network Score. Score includes data reported by wireless consumers in the Nielsen Mobile Insights survey, network measurements from Nielsen Mobile Performance and Nielsen Drive Test Benchmarks for Q3+Q4 2016 across 121 markets.
**Global coverage claim based on offering discounted voice and data roaming; LTE roaming; and voice roaming in more countries than any other U.S. based carrier. International service required. Coverage not available in all areas. Coverage may vary per country and be limited/restricted in some countries.
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