ANCHORAGE, Alaska, May 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- At AT&T1, we've invested more than $150 million in our Alaska wireless and wired networks during 2014-2016. These investments drive a wide range of upgrades to 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 276 wireless network upgrades in Alaska. These upgrades include the addition of new cell sites, as well as adding capacity to existing cell sites. Additionally, AT&T added about 450 miles of new fiber from Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay, as well as a new fiber route to Pedro Dome.
"We're now speeding our wireless buildout plans in Alaska with tens of millions of dollars dedicated to improving its mobile network," said Bob Bass, president of AT&T Alaska. "This investment enhances residents' ability to connect and will help pave the path to 5G mobile services in the years ahead."
The AT&T LTE network covers nearly 400 million people in North America. Notable Alaska network enhancements in 2016 included:
- Launching LTE at 54 new sites and adding LTE carriers to 180 sites.
- Building a new 3G Switch in Nome and adding about 450 miles of new fiber.
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 and EMS personnel. Should Alaska 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 Alaska's FirstNet network over the next 25 years, bringing your first responders the coverage, value and experience they expect.
For the third year in a row, FORTUNE magazine recognized AT&T as the Most Admired Telecommunications Company in the world in 2017. We are also No. 37 among the Top 50 World's Most Admired companies.
AT&T is the only communications 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.2 We also now market a 1 gigabit connection3 on our 100% fiber connection to 4.6 million locations across 52 major metro areas. We'll 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 Hot Spots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers. We provide access to Wi-Fi at more than 1 million Hot Spots around the world. Most AT&T smartphone and home Internet customers get access to our national Wi-Fi network at no added cost. Wi-Fi usage doesn't count towards customers' monthly wireless data plans.4
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1 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.
2 Based 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 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 Q3+Q4 2016 across 121 markets.
**Global coverage claim based on offering discounted voice and data roaming; LTE roaming; and voice roaming in more countries than any other U.S. based carrier. International service required. Coverage not available in all areas. Coverage may vary per country and be limited/restricted in some countries.
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