BILLINGS, Mont., April 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- At AT&T1, we've invested more than $150 million in our Montana wireless and wired networks from 2013-2015. These investments drive a wide range of upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. They also enhance critical services that support public safety and first responders.
Further showing our commitment to the state, AT&T will hold our 2016 Annual Shareholder Meeting in Billings this Friday, April 29.
In 2015, AT&T made 125 wireless network upgrades in Montana. We launched 4G LTE, added network capacity and launched cell sites.2
"We're committed to providing our customers fast, reliable, highly secure connectivity. We want them to be able access the Internet at any moment, from almost any device and anywhere," said Tara Thue, Director of External Affairs, AT&T-Montana. "Our continued investment in Montana brings a host of new, innovative opportunities for residents and businesses.
"And as we welcome our annual meeting to Billings, I can share that we've now launched HD Voice there," said Nancy Garvey, vice president and general manager, AT&T-Rocky Mountain Region. "With HD Voice, callers feel like they're right next to each other. They can also surf the mobile Internet at 4G LTE speeds while they talk. These investments demonstrate our commitment to Montana — and to helping Montanans easily connect with each other, their communities and their customers."3
Notable Montana network enhancements in 2015 included:
Doubled capacity to 56 cellular sites in areas including: Billings, Glendive, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell and Missoula.
Launched 4G LTE in almost 20 areas including Belgrade, Shawmut and Simms.
Added capacity to Aber Hall at the University of Montana.
Added several markets to AT&T's LTE network, which covers 365 million people in North America:
We have big plans for 2016. We'll be giving you the ability to access and stream DIRECTV video services over a wired or wireless Internet connection from any provider and from virtually any device – smartphone, tablet, Smart TV, streaming media hardware or PC. We plan for each service to come with a set number of simultaneous sessions. These services will not require annual contracts, satellite dishes or set-top boxes.
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 entire national Wi-Fi network at no additional cost. Wi-Fi usage doesn't count towards customers' monthly wireless data plans.4
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 4G LTE not available everywhere. 3 Both parties to the call must be in an AT&T HD Voice coverage area and have AT&T HD Voice-capable device and SIM with HD Voice set up on their account. HD Voice not available everywhere. 4 A Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See attwifi.com for details and locations.
About AT&T AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, mobile, high speed Internet and voice services. We're the world's largest provider of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. We offer the best global coverage of any U.S. wireless provider.* And we help businesses worldwide serve their customers better with our mobility and highly secure cloud solutions.
*Global coverage claim based on offering discounted voice and data roaming; LTE roaming; voice roaming; and world-capable smartphone and tablets 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.
Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements Information set forth in this news release contains financial estimates and other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in AT&T's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any obligation to update or revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise.