CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- At AT&T, we've invested more than $30 million in our Cape Girardeau-Jackson wireless and wired networks during 2013-2015. These investments drive upgrades to enhance reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. They also enhance critical services that support public safety and first responders.
In 2015, AT&T made several wireless network upgrades in the Cape Girardeau-Jackson area to provide additional network capacity. We also continued a significant expansion of access to AT&T's business fiber network, which is available in the Cape Girardeau and Sikeston areas, and at more than 28,000 business locations in Missouri.
"Our investments in smart networks are enabling the innovation of today and tomorrow that will enhance economic growth and stimulate jobs," said John Sondag, president, AT&T Missouri. "Thanks to the leaders of our state, Missouri continues to be a good place to invest, both for our company, as well as other businesses of all sizes."
"Investment in Missouri's technology infrastructure is critical to keeping Missouri competitive and providing our residents and businesses with the best technology," said Dan Mehan, president, Missouri Chamber of Commerce. "AT&T's investment is good for jobs, helps give Missourians the tools they need to succeed in the tech economy and helps provide more opportunities for our state."
The AT&T LTE network covers 365 million people in North America. In 2015, we made these Cape Girardeau-Jackson area network enhancements:
- Adding more wireless carrier additions, expanding capacity to cell sites in Cape Girardeau, Dexter, Ellsinore, Jackson, Morehouse, New Madrid and Sikeston.
- Launching HD Voice, which enables clearer voice calls and simultaneous voice and data at 4G LTE speeds.
- Expanding AT&T business fiber, which is now available in the Cape Girardeau and Sikeston areas.
In 2016, for the second year in a row, FORTUNE magazine recognized AT&T as the Most Admired Telecommunications Company in the world. We also placed #48 among the Top 50 World's Most Admired companies in the world. This is our third year in a row on the Top 50 list – AT&T is the only communications company on the list. The company ranked #1 in all 9 attributes. This includes innovation, financial soundness and quality of products/services. FORTUNE's Most Admired Companies lists are among the most highly respected indicators of corporate performance and reputation.
We plan to continue to roll out our fastest Internet services over a 100% fiber network to reach more than 14 million additional residential and commercial locations.
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. And we provide access to Wi-Fi at more than 1 million locations around the world. Most AT&T smartphone customers 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.
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