KNOXVILLE, Tenn., June 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- At AT&T1, we've invested nearly $110 million in our Knoxville area wireless and wired networks during 2013 -2015. These investments drive upgrades to enhance reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. They also enhance critical services that support public safety and first responders.
In 2015, AT&T made 117 wireless network upgrades in the Knoxville area. We added new cell sites, addition of network capacity, and new wireless high-speed Internet connections.
"Private investments like these will benefit both small businesses and families alike throughout Tennessee. It is my hope we will continue to see all carriers making significant commitments to the communities they serve," said Mike Edwards, CEO Knoxville Chamber of Commerce. "As we continue to work closely with our state legislators, I expect that we will see more announcements related to increased investment and connectivity. Their leadership has been a driving force for change in Nashville and they should be applauded for their efforts."
"It is encouraging to see investment in the community following the pursuit of pro-business policies in the general assembly," said Sen. Becky Massey. "As Tennesseans change how they communicate, it is vital that we continue to pursue policies that promote private investments in our networks."
The AT&T LTE network covers 365 million people in North America. In 2015, we made these Knoxville and Tri-Cities network enhancements:
- The launch of two new DAS (Distributed Antenna Systems) at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville (Neyland Stadium and Thompson Boling Arena).
- Fast 4G LTE speeds added to four cell sites.
- Nearly 63 additional carrier projects increasing capacity of existing 4G LTE cell sites.
- Expanded the bandwidth of radio frequencies with 50 projects, increasing data speeds and call reliability.
- More than 28,000 business customer locations across Tennessee with access to AT&T's fiber-optic network – many of which are in the Knoxville area
"AT&T's more than 5,700 employees in Tennessee are turning these billions of dollars of investments into high-speed connections for businesses and residents across Tennessee, and we are proud to connect more Tennesseans – in urban and rural areas alike – than anyone else," said Alan Hill, regional director, external affairs, AT&T Tennessee. "Because of the positive, pro-investment policies pursued by our legislative leadership in Nashville and by our local leaders, AT&T's ongoing investments in Knoxville will continue to bring a host of new, innovative opportunities for residents and businesses."
In 2016, for the second year in a row, FORTUNE magazine recognized AT&T as the Most Admired Telecommunications Company in the world. We also placed #48 among the Top 50 World's Most Admired companies in the world. This is our third year in a row on the Top 50 list – AT&T is the only communications company on the list. The company ranked #1 in all 9 attributes. This includes innovation, financial soundness and quality of products/services. FORTUNE's Most Admired Companies lists are among the most highly respected indicators of corporate performance and reputation.
We offer Internet customers a great combination of speed and price. AT&T high-speed Internet2 customers have access to our entire national AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spot Network at no additional charge3. We also offer our award-winning DIRECTV® service to eligible locations. Customers may be eligible for AT&T U-verse TV service, a 100% digital service available over our advanced network. In 2015, Woman's Choice Awards® named AT&T U-verse "America's Most Recommended Brand among women for Broadband, Television and Phone Service."
We plan to continue to roll out our fastest Internet services over a 100% fiber network to reach more than 14 million additional residential and commercial locations.
We have big plans for 2016. We'll be giving you the ability to access and stream DIRECTV video services over a wired or wireless Internet connection from any provider and from virtually any device – smartphone, tablet, Smart TV, streaming media hardware or PC. We plan for each service to come with a set number of simultaneous sessions. These services will not require annual contracts, satellite dishes or set-top boxes.
We have an extensive Wi-Fi network with more than 40,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots 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 customers and home Internet customers get access to our entire national Wi-Fi network at no additional cost. Wi-Fi usage doesn't count towards customers' monthly wireless data plans4.
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2 Geographic and service restrictions apply to AT&T U-verse services. Call or go to www.att.com/u-verse to see if you qualify.
3 Access includes AT&T Wi-Fi Basic. Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See www.attwifi.com for details and locations.
4 A Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See attwifi.com for details and locations.
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