AKRON, Ohio, June 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- At AT&T*, we've invested nearly $225 million in our Akron 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.
In 2016, AT&T made more than 580 wireless network upgrades in Summit and surrounding counties. The completed improvements include adding greater capacity and speeds to cell towers within the area.
"For the Akron area to continue to thrive and serve residents, it's crucial companies invest through thoughtful innovation," said Mayor Dan Horrigan, City of Akron. "By investing in our area, AT&T is making business growth possible. And our residents have the tools to stay connected and entertained."
The AT&T LTE network covers nearly 400 million people in North America.
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 Ohio 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 Ohio's FirstNet network over the next 25 years, bringing your first responders the coverage, value and experience they expect.
"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 Steve Kristan, external affairs director, AT&T Ohio. "These continued investments bring Akron residents and businesses a host of new opportunities."
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 telecommunications company on the list. We ranked No. 1 in all 9 attributes. This included innovation, financial soundness and quality of products/services.
We have the largest fiber network within our 21-state wireline footprint.1 We also now market a 1 gigabit connection2 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 hotspots 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 and home internet customers get access to the entire national AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spot network.3 at no additional cost. Wi-Fi usage doesn't count against customers' monthly wireless data plans.
1 Based on publicly available data for the top fiber providers in the AT&T operating footprint.
2 Actual customer speeds may vary. Download speeds are typically up to 940Mbps due to overhead capacity reserved to deliver the data.
3 Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See www.attwifi.com for details and locations
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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 Q4 2016 + Q1 2017 across 121 markets.
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