FRESNO, Calif., June 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- At AT&T 1, we've invested nearly $140 million in our Fresno wireless and wired networks during 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.
Across the Northern California region, AT&T completed 1,459 LTE capacity upgrades, 45 LTE overlays, and 23 new cell in 2016, boosting network capacity and new wireless high-speed internet connections.
"We know that Californians demand a world-class communications network, and we're committed to maintaining and growing our wired and wireless networks to provide our customers with the fast, reliable, highly secure connectivity they expect, in every corner of the state," said Ken McNeely, president of AT&T California. "We're proud that our continued investment across California is driving innovation and opening up new possibilities for consumers and entrepreneurs."
"Tech and innovation are booming in Fresno, and AT&T's investment is a testament to that boom," said Nathan Ahle, President & CEO of the Fresno Chamber of Commerce. "AT&T's continued investment in Fresno—especially launching fiber internet and expanding wireless service here—helps drive continued growth and prosperity for our residents and businesses."
The AT&T LTE network covers more than 400 million people in North America. Notable Fresno network enhancements in 2016 included adding network capacity to the Distributed Antenna System (DAS) that serves Fresno State University's Bulldog Stadium and increasing LTE capacity by 60 percent compared to last season.
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 and EMS personnel. Should California 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 California'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 communications company on the list. We ranked No. 1 in all 9 attributes. This included innovation, financial soundness and quality of products/services.
We continue to expand the scope of our ultra-fast internet powered by AT&T Fiber. We now market our ultra-fast internet service powered by AT&T Fiber to more than 25,000 customer locations in the Fresno area.
We have the largest fiber network within our 21-state wireline footprint.2 We also now market a 1 gigabit connection3 on our 100% fiber network to 4.6 million locations across 52 major metro areas. We plan to reach at least 75 major metros overall. We expect to add 2 million locations in 2017, and we plan to reach at least 12.5 million locations by mid-2019.
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 national Wi-Fi network4 at no added cost. Wi-Fi usage doesn't count towards customers' monthly wireless data plans.
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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 Based on publicly available data for the top fiber providers in the AT&T operating footprint.
3 Actual customer speeds may vary. Download speeds are typically up to 940Mbps due to overhead capacity reserved to deliver the data.
4 Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See www.attwifi.com for details and locations.
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