HELENA, Mont., May 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- At AT&T1, we've invested more than $150 million in our Montana wireless networks during 2014-2016. These investments drive a wide range of upgrades to 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 113 wireless network upgrades in Montana. We added a significant amount of LTE network capacity and expanded our LTE coverage footprint.
"We're investing to provide fast, reliable, highly secure connectivity. We want customers to have internet access at any moment, from almost any device—anywhere," said Tara Thue, director of external affairs, AT&T-Montana. "These continued investments bring Montana residents and businesses a host of new opportunities."
The AT&T LTE network covers nearly 400 million people in North America. Notable Montana network enhancements in 2016 included:
- Added LTE network capacity in Great Falls, Billings, Kalispell, Bozeman, Helena, Butte, and Miles City;
- Added LTE to sites in West Yellowstone, Kalispell, Red Lodge, Bridger and Dillon.
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 Montana 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 Montana'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 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 have an extensive Wi-Fi network with more than 40,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers. We provide access to Wi-Fi at more than 1 million Hot Spots around the world. Most AT&T smartphone and home Internet customers get access to our national Wi-Fi network at no added cost. Wi-Fi usage doesn't count towards customers' monthly wireless data plans.2
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AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, business, mobile and high speed internet services. We offer the nation's best data network* and the best global coverage of any U.S. wireless provider.** We're one of the world's largest providers of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. Nearly 3.5 million companies, from small to large businesses around the globe, turn to AT&T for our highly secure smart solutions.
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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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2 A Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See attwifi.com for details and locations.
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