SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* invested nearly $80 million in its South Dakota wireless and wireline networks from 2010 through 2012, with a focus on expanding 4G mobile Internet coverage and enhancing the overall performance of its networks.**
AT&T has made nearly 90 wireless network upgrades in six key categories in South Dakota during 2012, including activating new cell sites, adding capacity, upgrading cell sites to provide fast 4G 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.
"We know our customers depend on us for fast, reliable mobile Internet connections at home, work and everywhere in between," said Hardmon Williams, AT&T vice president and general manager for South Dakota, Minnesota and the Northern Plains. "Delivering for our South Dakota customers is a top priority and our ongoing investment here is designed to deliver a superior mobile Internet experience, encompassing speed, coverage and reliability."
"One of the reasons South Dakota has become such a dynamic place to live, work, and conduct business, can be attributed to the contributions of companies such as AT&T," said S.D. State Senate President Pro Tem Corey Brown. "AT&T's continued investment in our state's technology infrastructure makes possible the efficient communications and connectivity that are keys to building and strengthening South Dakota's business community. We need to continue to adopt pro-business policy that encourages this type of investment."
"We're proud to invest in South Dakota and expand our wireless broadband network to support growing demand for the latest wireless devices and capabilities," said Cheryl Riley, director, External Affairs- AT&T South Dakota. "We'd like to applaud policymakers for seeking a pro-business environment that provides regulatory certainty and encourages private investment in our state's communications infrastructure. This type of investment helps spur economic development, job creation and greater access to healthcare, education and other vital services."
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 wireline 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 network to 57 million customer locations, covering 75 percent of customer locations in its wired service area by year-end 2015
- Expand the AT&T fiber network to reach 1 million additional business locations by year-end 2015
AT&T's innovation and investment has resulted in the nation's largest 4G network, covering 288 million people with ultra-fast speeds and a more consistent user experience.
AT&T is the only U.S. service provider to deploy two compatible 4G technologies to deliver more speed to more smartphone customers. AT&T's HSPA+ network enables mobile Internet speeds up to four times faster than 3G technologies.***
For more information about AT&T's coverage in South Dakota 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.
*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.
**Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. 4G speeds not available everywhere. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Compatible device and data plan required. Learn more at att.com/network.
***Claim compares 4G download speeds to industry average 3G download speeds.
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