SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T has invested more than $7.1 billion in its best-in-class wireless and wired networks in California between 2011 through 2013, driving a wide range of upgrades to enhance speed, reliability, coverage and performance for residents and business customers.
Advancing its three-year VIP Investment Plan to expand and enhance its wireless and wired IP broadband networks, AT&T in 2013 made 2,856 network upgrades in California, including new cell sites, cell site expansion, fiber based broadband service expansion, and LTE expansion. AT&T expanded the reach of its network, providing access to U-verse® Internet and video services to nearly 331,000 new customer locations and delivering powerful fiber-optic connections to 88,851 business locations at 3,197 multi-tenant business buildings and business parks.
"California residents depend on our fast and reliable Internet connections more and more every day, whether it's instant access to files and apps at work, watching a video at home, or even receiving updates from connected cars or home monitors," said Ken McNeely, AT&T California President. "AT&T is making robust investments locally to make sure that residents can take full advantage of the latest services and tools, and that businesses have the speed they need to compete and grow."
Notable California network enhancements in 2013 included:
- Updated Distributed Antenna System in San Francisco
- Cell site and LTE expansion in San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento and Stockton
- LTE expansion in Riverside, Simi Valley-Agoura Hills and Santa Clarita
- Distributed Antenna System installation at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
- Activation of new 4G LTE cell sites throughout San Diego County to enhance coverage for area residents and businesses and provide speeds up to ten times faster than 3G
- Major capacity expansion in San Diego's downtown area to improve the wireless experience for local residents and thousands of special event attendees.
AT&T provides the nation's most reliable 4G LTE network today, covering more than 280 million Americans with 4G LTE service In 2013, several markets in California were added to AT&T's extensive LTE network, including:
- Santa Rosa
AT&T U-verse is delivered over AT&T's advanced IP network and includes AT&T U-verse High Speed Internet, AT&T U-verse TV, and AT&T U-verse Voice. Customers enjoy Total Home DVR®, apps for entertainment on the go, and integrated features. AT&T was named Frost & Sullivan Video Company of the Year for 2013. U-verse TV and broadband service continually ranks higher in customer satisfaction than do services from cable companies, according to third-party surveys. (Nielsen, J.D. Power).
AT&T operates the nation's largest Wi-Fi network** including more than 32,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers, and provides access to more than 529,000 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.
For more information about AT&T's coverage in California or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.
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** Largest based on company branded and operated hotspots.
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