SPRINGFIELD, Ill., April 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* has invested more than $3 billion in its best-in-class wireless and wired networks in Illinois between 2012 through 2014, driving a wide range of upgrades to 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 more than 450 wireless network upgrades in Illinois, including 98 new cell sites and over 300 new wireless high-speed Internet connections.
"With a growing range of connected home appliances, cars and wearable devices, we depend more on network connectivity than ever before," said Paul La Schiazza, AT&T Illinois President. "AT&T's continued investment in Illinois brings a host of new, innovative opportunities for residents and businesses to connect with each other and their customers."
Notable Illinois network enhancements in 2014:
- Launched AT&T Business Fiber Internet Service in Chicago, bringing speeds of up to
1 Gigabit per second to multi-tenant office buildings in the Chicago area.
- Brought AT&T's 4G LTE network to several Illinois cities, including Springfield.
- Launched a new outdoor distributed antenna system to boost network speed and capacity along Chicago's 12 Metra Lines
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, Chicago, 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.; 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 than 1 million Hot Spots globally through roaming agreements. Most AT&T smartphone 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 Illinois 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.
** 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.
*** A Wi-Fi enabled device is 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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Reliability and signal strength claims based on nationwide carriers' LTE. Signal strength claim based ONLY on avg. LTE signal strength. LTE not available everywhere. Global coverage claim based on offering voice and 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.