MONTGOMERY, Ala., Aug. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- At AT&T1, we've invested more than $1.2 billion in our Alabama wireless and wired networks during 2015-2017. These investments boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. They also improve critical services that support public safety and first responders.
"I am continually working to attract and support companies which are committed to investing in Alabama and improving the quality of life for our people through innovation and expansion," Governor Kay Ivey said. "By continuing to build state-of-the-art infrastructure in our state, AT&T is making business growth possible and assuring that our residents, both rural and urban, have the tools to stay connected. Announcements like AT&T's confirm Alabama is indeed open for business."
"Governor Ivey and legislative leaders have worked hard to create an environment that welcomes investment and innovation, and the significant investments AT&T is making, combined with the presence of more than 4,800 AT&T employees who call Alabama home, is evidence that the decisions being made by our elected leaders are strengthening Alabama's economy," said Wayne Hutchens, president of AT&T Alabama.
The AT&T LTE network now covers more than 400 million people in North America. In 2017, AT&T made hundreds of wireless network upgrades in Alabama, including the construction and activation of 11 new cell sites. Notable Alabama network enhancements in 2017 included more than 630 LTE capacity adds to over 500 cell sites across Alabama.
By building out our 4G LTE network, we're laying the foundation for 5G, the next advance in network technologies. We're boosting network speeds and capacity, as we continue to expand the availability of our network using the latest technology.
Since the formation of the FirstNet public-private partnership a little over a year ago, governors from all 50 states, 5 territories and D.C. recognized the value of FirstNet, joining in its mission to strengthen and modernize public safety's communications capabilities.
FirstNet is a new nationwide communications platform dedicated to America's public safety community. As we build, deploy and evolve FirstNet, we will build upon our current and planned investments in Alabama to help ensure public safety's network delivers the coverage and cutting-edge capabilities first responders expect – today and for decades to come.
For the 4th year in a row, AT&T earned the top spot in the telecommunications industry on FORTUNE's Most Admired Companies list in 2018. We also placed No. 49 among the 50 most admired companies across all industries.
We were ranked first or second in all 9 attributes to compile the list, including innovation, people management, quality of management, long-term investment value, quality of products/services and global competitiveness.
Our internet offerings We continue to expand the scope of our ultra-fast internet powered by AT&T Fiber. We now market our ultra-fast internet service powered by AT&T Fiber to more than 225,000 customer locations in the Alabama area.
We have the largest fiber network within our 21-state wireline footprint.2 And AT&T is the largest U.S.-based provider of fiber for business services, creating an unparalleled ability to serve businesses of all sizes.
We also now market a 1 gigabit connection3 on our 100% fiber network to 9 million locations across 71 major metro areas nationwide. We plan to reach at least 14 million locations across at least 84 metro areas by mid-2019 for consumers.
Additionally, AT&T* Fixed Wireless Internet4 for rural and underserved locations is now available to more than 37,000 residents and small businesses in parts of the following 32 Alabama Counties: Autauga, Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Butler, Calhoun, Chambers, Chilton, Coosa, Cullman, Elmore, Escambia, Franklin, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Montgomery, Morgan, Russell, Shelby, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker and Winston.
Fixed Wireless Internet service delivers an internet connection with download speeds of at least 10Mbps and upload speeds of at least 1Mbps. The connection comes from a wireless tower to a fixed antenna on a customer's home or business. This is an efficient way to deliver high-quality, high-speed Internet to customers living in underserved rural areas.
The towers used to provide this service are connected to AT&T's network using AT&T fiber optics. AT&T has nearly 1.7 million strand miles of AT&T fiber optics covering Alabama, which enables the company to offer a wide variety of products and services delivering the high-speed connectivity Alabama businesses and residents need.
1AT&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. 2Based on publicly available data for the top fiber providers in the AT&T operating footprint. 3 Actual customer speeds may vary. Download speeds are typically up to 940Mbps due to overhead capacity reserved to deliver the data. 4 Includes 170GB data allowance per month. Req's installation of AT&T outdoor antenna & indoor Residential Gateway. $10/50GB of additional data up to a max of $200/mo.
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*About AT&T AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, business, mobile and high speed internet services. We have the nation's largest and most reliable network** and the best global coverage of any U.S. wireless provider. We're one of the world's largest providers of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. More than 3 million companies, from small to large businesses around the globe, turn to AT&T for our highly secure smart solutions.
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