AKRON, Ohio, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* invested more than $350 million in its Akron area wireless and wireline networks from 2010 through 2012, with a focus on expanding 4G LTE mobile Internet coverage and enhancing the overall performance of its networks.**
"Broadband access is a priority we often hear about, no matter the location, because it is such a powerful driver for economic development," said State Senator Frank LaRose. "This investment by AT&T to expand its mobile Internet network will help more people and businesses stay connected in today's fast-moving technological world."
People in Akron increasingly depend on mobile Internet connections for communication, entertainment and productivity at work, at home and everywhere in between. AT&T's continued investment is designed to deliver the highest levels of service, with network enhancements driving improvements in key areas of the mobile Internet experience: 4G speed, broad coverage and network reliability.
"The launch of new, even faster mobile Internet service throughout the greater Akron has helped my constituents and local businesses, who are working hard to rebuild Ohio's economy," said State Representative Kristina Roegner. "Advancement in technology is a critical economic driver for businesses and consumers to remain competitive and to foster further economic growth."
AT&T's significant investment over the past three years is delivering customers a stronger network performance:
- The AT&T wireless network recently ranked No. 1 in Akron by RootMetrics®, an independent research and testing organization. AT&T was named the RootMetrics RootScore® Combined Award winner for its combination of call quality, text performance, and mobile Internet speed. The RootMetrics award is the result of more than 12,000 wireless test calls, texts and mobile Internet transmissions conducted during November 2012.
- The AT&T network kept 99 percent of all Akron-area wireless calls connected in the fourth quarter of 2012 (October through December).
"We know the mobile Internet has become central to our customers' lives, and we're committed to driving both investment and innovation to deliver the best possible experience over the AT&T network," said Larry Evans, vice president and general manager, AT&T Ohio. "While third-party and internal testing shows that these investments are paying off with excellent service for Akron customers, we are continually planning and deploying network enhancements to improve service in the future."
2012 Network Enhancements Deliver Faster Speeds, Broader Coverage to Customers
AT&T customers are benefitting from more than 225 wireless network upgrades in six key categories in Akron during 2012, including activating new cell sites, adding capacity, upgrading cell sites to provide fast 4G LTE mobile Internet speeds, deploying high-capacity Ethernet connections to cell sites, and adding or upgrading Distributed Antenna Systems, which boost wireless coverage and capacity in buildings and at major venues like convention halls or sports arenas.
AT&T launched 4G LTE in the Akron area in April 2012. AT&T 4G LTE is the latest generation of wireless network technology and provides faster mobile Internet speeds — up to 10 times faster than 3G** — and improved performance on a variety of mobile smartphones and tablets.
"Technology investments such as this are essential in order for any community to successfully compete within the global economy" added Daniel C. Colantone, President/CEO of the Greater Akron Chamber. "The collaborative efforts of Senator Frank LaRose and State Representative Kristina Roegner were indeed key elements of a public- private partnership that enabled this investment to occur within the greater Akron region."
The AT&T 4G LTE network has been nationally recognized for its speed and coverage. AT&T 4G LTE delivered faster average download speeds than any of the competitors in PCWorld's most recent 13-market speed tests, and telecommunications industry analyst firm Frost and Sullivan awarded AT&T its North American Mobile Network Strategy Award for the second year in a row in 2012.
"Across Akron, this robust investment in the AT&T wireless and wireline networks is important to spurring the economy and creating jobs. In our wireless world, mobile and broadband networks create economic opportunities for health care, manufacturing, education, transportation and public safety and virtually every other economic sector," said Sarah Briggs, Public Affairs Director, AT&T Ohio.
Planned Investment to Expand Reach of Wireless and Wired Broadband
AT&T recently launched Project Velocity IP (VIP), a three-year investment initiative to expand and enhance its wireless and wired IP broadband networks. As part of Project VIP, AT&T plans to increase the density of its wireless network by deploying more than 10,000 macro sites, more than 1,000 distributed antenna systems, and more than 40,000 small cells. Through this initiative, we also plan to:
- Expand 4G LTE to cover more than 300 million people by year-end 2014
- Expand the AT&T wired IP broadband network to cover approximately 75 percent of customer locations in our wired service area by year-end 2015
- Expand the AT&T fiber network to reach 1 million additional business locations by year-end 2015
For more information about AT&T's coverage in Akron or anywhere in the U.S., consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. Using the online tool, AT&T customers can measure quality of coverage from a street address, intersection, ZIP code or even a landmark. For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.
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**Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. 4G speeds not available everywhere. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Compatible device and data plan required. Up to 10x claim compares 4G LTE download speeds to industry average 3G download speeds. Learn more at att.com/network.
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