CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Blazing speeds. Great reliability. Broad coverage. Excellent overall performance. That's what North Carolina residents want from their mobile Internet, and it's exactly what AT&T* is delivering with an array of network upgrades completed in the first half of 2013.
In the first half of 2013, AT&T invested more than $250 million in its wireless and wired networks in North Carolina. The investments included deployment of new macro cell sites, small cells and Distributed Antenna Systems across the state as a part of AT&T's Project Velocity IP, a three-year investment plan announced last fall to expand and enhance its IP broadband networks. The company also expanded and enhanced its 4G LTE network, which provides ultra-fast mobile Internet speeds, and deployed new Wi-Fi hot spots.
"AT&T's network investment is an investment in the economic future of North Carolina," said North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker. "Wider availability of mobile Internet service ensures that people across the state have access to the online services and applications they need to succeed at home and at work in a global economy."
Project Velocity IP is also spurring the deployment of advanced fiber-optic connections to thousands of North Carolina businesses. In just the first six months of 2013, more than 1,800 additional business customer locations in North Carolina – located in 50 multi-tenant office buildings across the state – now have access to blazing-fast, reliable connections to Internet and cloud-based resources, which ride on the fiber network.
As part of Project VIP, AT&T also deployed advanced wired IP broadband connections for consumers, including AT&T U-verse® services for nearly 9,900 customer locations in North Carolina, in just the first six months of 2013. AT&T U-verse is an integrated bundle of services delivered over AT&T's advanced IP network that include AT&T U-verse High Speed Internet, AT&T U-verse TV and AT&T U-verse Voice. AT&T offers customers the freedom to watch hit TV shows virtually anywhere, extensive HD channels, competitive Internet speeds, flexible bundles and continued service innovation. AT&T was recently named Frost & Sullivan Video Company of the Year.
These investments help to ensure that North Carolina residents continue to receive the best possible experience over the AT&T network, whether at home, at work or on the go. The great performance of AT&T's 4G LTE network, now the nation's fastest and most reliable, continues to be validated:
- AT&T now has the most reliable 4G LTE network. According to independent third-party data, AT&T has the highest success rate for delivering mobile content across nationwide 4G LTE networks.**
- Meanwhile, our 4G LTE service was recognized as having faster average download and upload speeds than any of our competitors in PCWorld/TechHive's most recent 20-market speed tests – the second consecutive year that AT&T has ranked 1st overall. PCWorld/TechHive also ranked AT&T's as the fastest combination of 3G and 4G services in the 20 cities it tested.***
- And AT&T was named America's fastest 4G LTE network in PC Magazine's 2013 Fastest Mobile Networks 30-market study – sweeping the top rankings in all six U.S. regions from coast to coast: Northeast, Southeast, North-Central, South-Central, Northwest and Southwest.****
"Fast, reliable connectivity is essential to both quality of life and competitiveness at work," said Venessa Harrison, president, AT&T North Carolina. "No one understands that better than we do, and no one is doing more than AT&T to mobilize a world that works for people in North Carolina. With initiatives like Project Velocity IP, we're working to ensure that North Carolina consumers and businesses remain at the leading edge of broadband services."
In addition, RootMetrics® has awarded AT&T 1st or tied for 1st for strongest overall call, text, and data performance in 66 of 125 national markets – including 3 of 6 in North Carolina, where AT&T was 1st in Charlotte and Durham and tied for 1st in Greensboro – from January through June this year.*****
Highlights of network upgrades completed so far this year in North Carolina include:
- Launch of 4G LTE in Asheville, Kinston, Dunn, Goldsboro, Henderson, Wilson-Rocky Mount.
The 2013 year-to-date network investment builds on more than $1.5 billion that AT&T has invested in its North Carolina wireless and wired networks from 2010 through 2012.
AT&T 4G LTE is now available in multiple areas of the state, including Asheville, Burlington, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Dunn, Fayetteville, Goldsboro, Greensboro-Winston-Salem, Henderson, Kinston, Outer Banks, Raleigh-Durham, Rocky Mount-Wilson, Wilmington. Nationwide, more than 225 million Americans have access to AT&T 4G LTE service. By year-end 2013, AT&T expects to cover nearly 270 million people and 400 markets with its 4G LTE network.
For more information about AT&T's coverage in North Carolina 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.
Geographic and service restrictions apply to AT&T U-verse services. Call or go to www.att.com/u-verse to see if you qualify.
*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.
** Speed claim based on comparison of national carriers' average 4G LTE download speeds for AndroidTM and Windows smartphones and iPhone 5. Reliability claim compares data transfer completion rates on nationwide 4G LTE networks. Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. 4G speeds not available everywhere.
*** PCWorld/TechHive, May 23, 2013, "AT&T clocks best overall speeds with 3G/4G combo"
**** PC Magazine, June 17, 2013; http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2420333,00.asp
***** Performance rankings based on 125 RootMetrics® RootScore® Reports, January – June 2013, of 4 national mobile networks that rely on scores calculated from random samples. Your experience may vary. The RootMetrics award is not an endorsement of AT&T. Visit www.rootmetrics.com for more details.
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