SALT LAKE CITY, May 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- At AT&T1, we've invested nearly $200 million in our Utah 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 452 wireless network upgrades in Utah. We added new cell sites, boosted network capacity and added wireless high-speed internet connections.
"We're investing to provide faster, more 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-Utah. "These continued investments bring Colorado residents and businesses a host of new opportunities."
"For Utah to continue to thrive and serve its residents, it's crucial companies invest in thoughtful innovation," said Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber. "By investing in our area, AT&T is making business growth possible, and giving residents the tools they need to stay connected."
The AT&T LTE network covers nearly 400 million people in North America. Notable Utah network enhancements in 2016 included:
- Launched LTE antenna systems to boost network coverage at Vivint Home Solutions Arena and Montage Resort Deer Valley;
- Doubled LTE network capacity at cell sites in Salt Lake City, Park City, Provo, Bountiful and Orem;
- Launched LTE service in Moab, Hurricane, Duchesne, Vernal, Green River and Kanab.
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 Utah 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 Utah'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 telecommunications company on the list. We ranked No. 1 in all 9 attributes. This included innovation, financial soundness and quality of products/services.
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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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