DALLAS, April 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* has invested more than $2.7 billion in its best-in-class wireless and wired networks in Dallas-Fort Worth between 2012 through 2014, driving a wide range of upgrades to enhance reliability, coverage, speed and performance for residents and business customers.
As part of its Project Velocity IP (VIP), an investment plan focused on network enhancement and expansion, AT&T in 2014 made 85 wireless network upgrades in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including new cell sites, addition of network capacity, and new wireless high-speed internet connections. Additionally, AT&T expanded the reach of its network, providing access to AT&T U-verse® High Speed Internet, AT&T U-verse video and AT&T U-verse voice services to more than 24,500 new customer locations.
"With a growing range of connected home appliances, cars and wearable devices, we depend more on network connectivity than ever before," said Holly Reed, AT&T Senior Vice-President of External Affairs. "AT&T's continued investment in Dallas-Fort Worth brings a host of new, innovative opportunities for residents and businesses to connect with each other and their customers."
Notable Dallas-Fort Worth network enhancements in 2014 included:
- Distributed Antenna System (DAS) at the Marriott City Center in Dallas and the Renaissance Hotel in Dallas
- Upgrades to the existing DAS at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Hyatt Regency Reunion Tower in Dallas, Sheraton Hotel Towers and Convention Center in Dallas
- Expanding LTE to Collin Creek Mall DAS in Plano
- Additional capacity at the American Airlines Center in Dallas
- Increasing coverage at AT&T Stadium in Arlington
"AT&T calls the DFW area its home, and we are proud that Texas continues to provide opportunities for the investment of companies into our communities," said Rep. Angie Chen Button. "Through the forward looking tax policies of the Texas Legislature, AT&T has been able to invest more than $2.7 billion to ensure that we have access to the latest technologies and services that our residents crave and our businesses demand for success in a technology-driven world."
AT&T provides the nation's most reliable 4G LTE network today, covering more than 300 million Americans with 4G LTE service.** AT&T's network also has the nation's strongest LTE signal.***
AT&T was recently recognized by FORTUNE magazine as the Most Admired Telecommunications Company in the world in 2015. Additionally, FORTUNE ranked AT&T #47 among all companies in all industries in its list of the Top 50 Most Admired companies in the world. FORTUNE's Most Admired Companies lists are among the most highly respected indicators of corporate performance and reputation.
AT&T U-verse is delivered over AT&T's advanced IP network and includes AT&T U-verse High Speed Internet, AT&T U-verse TV, and AT&T U-verse Voice.**** AT&T U-verse TV customers enjoy Total Home DVR®, apps for entertainment on the go, and integrated features. AT&T recently received three Women's Choice Awards® as "America's Most Recommended Brand Among Women for Broadband, Television and Phone Service Provider." Frost & Sullivan recognized AT&T for its leadership in high-speed Internet services with the 2015 North American Competitive Strategy and Innovation Leadership of the Year Award for Broadband, AT&T U-verse TV with the 2015 North American Company of the Year for Multichannel Video for its growth, innovation, and leadership, and the 2015 North American Company of the Year for Consumer Communication Services.
AT&T announced a major initiative in 2014 to expand the availability of U-verse with AT&T GigaPowerSM in up to 100 cities across 25 markets nationwide. Hundreds of thousands of customer locations across parts of Austin, Atlanta, Cupertino, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Kansas City, Raleigh-Durham and Winston-Salem are able to sign-up for ultra-fast speeds up to 1 gigabit per second. AT&T has since announced plans to deliver the AT&T GigaPower network to an additional eight markets: Charlotte and Greensboro, N.C.; Chicago; Jacksonville, Fla.; Miami, Fla.; Nashville, Tenn.; St. Louis and San Antonio.
AT&T operates an extensive Wi-Fi network including more than 34,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers, and provides access to more 1 million Hot Spots globally through roaming agreements. Most AT&T smartphone customers and U-verse 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.*****
If the AT&T-DirecTV merger is approved by regulators, the combined companies will have an opportunity to redefine the video entertainment industry by delivering content to consumers across multiple screens – mobile devices, TVs, laptops, the backseat displays of connected cars, and even airplanes. AT&T has also committed to expand and enhance its deployment of both wireline and fixed wireless high-speed Internet to cover at least 15 million customer locations across 48 states – most of them in underserved rural areas.
For more information about AT&T's coverage in Dallas-Fort Worth 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.
**Reliability claim based on analysis of independent third party data re nationwide carriers' 4G LTE. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. 4G LTE not available everywhere.
***Claim based ONLY on avg LTE signal strength for national carriers
****A Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See attwifi.com for details and locations.
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AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) helps millions of people and businesses around the globe stay connected through leading wireless, high-speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. We're helping people mobilize their worlds with state-of-the-art communications, entertainment services and amazing innovations like connected cars and devices for homes, offices and points in between. Our U.S. wireless network offers customers the nation's strongest LTE signal and the nation's most reliable 4G LTE network. We offer the best global wireless coverage*. We're improving how our customers stay entertained and informed with AT&T U-verse® TV and High Speed Internet services. And businesses worldwide are serving their customers better with AT&T's mobility and highly secure cloud solutions.
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*Global coverage claim based on offering voice and LTE data roaming in more countries than any other U.S. based carrier, and offering the most wireless smartphones and tablets that work in the most countries.
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