In the first half of 2012, AT&T invested $23 million in its West Virginia wireless and wired networks. Network upgrades include activation of new cell sites or towers to improve network coverage, deploying faster connections to enable 4G speeds, and adding spectrum capacity to support additional traffic.
"We're working to build a 4G network that's smarter and better to provide our customers with a superior mobile Internet experience," said J. Michael Schweder, president of AT&T Mid-Atlantic. "The ongoing investment we're making across West Virginia is designed to increase 4G coverage, reliability and speed. We also continue to invest in technologies like Wi-Fi and distributed antenna systems (DAS) to help provide customers with the best connections when they want it, whatever they're doing."
"We need West Virginia to be open for business, and AT&T's investment throughout West Virginia in the first six months of 2012 to improve its wireless network will boost our efforts to improve the economy," said House Speaker Richard Thompson. "We work to promote public policies that will continue to drive investments in innovation, economic development and job creation."
AT&T's innovation and investment has resulted in the nation's largest 4G network, covering 275 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 customers. Our 4G LTE network delivered faster average download speeds than any of our competitors in PCWorld's most recent 13-market speed tests.
Even as AT&T continues to expand its LTE coverage in 2012 and 2013, customers can can get 4G speeds outside of LTE areas on our 4G HSPA+ network, unlike competitor's, where customers fall back to slower 3G technologies when outside of LTE coverage. And only AT&T's 4G network lets iPhone 4S download three times faster.
AT&T's focus to deliver the best possible mobile Internet experience goes beyond 4G to embrace additional connection technologies. AT&T operates the nation's largest Wi-Fi network** including more than 30,000 AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers across the country. Most AT&T smartphone customers get access to our entire national Wi-Fi network at no additional cost, and Wi-Fi usage doesn't count against customers' monthly wireless data plans.
AT&T also is a leading developer of Distributed Antenna System (DAS) networks, which utilize multiple small antennas to maximize coverage and speed within stadiums, convention centers, office buildings, hotels and other areas where traditional coverage methods are challenging.
Over the past five years, AT&T invested more than $115 billion into operations and into acquiring spectrum and other assets that have enhanced our wireless and wired networks. Since 2007, AT&T has invested more capital into the U.S. economy than any other public company. In a July 2012 report, the Progressive Policy Institute ranked AT&T No. 1 on its list of U.S. "Investment Heroes."
For more information about AT&T's coverage in West Virginia or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. 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.
** Access includes AT&T Wi-Fi Basic. A Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See www.attwifi.com for details and locations.
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