SAN ANTONIO, June 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- At AT&T1, we've invested more than $475 million in our San Antonio area 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 a number of wireless network upgrades in the San Antonio area, adding 7 cell sites and other enhancements to keep San Antonio residents connected, whether at home or on the go.
"Investments in smart networks empower the innovation of today and help better position San Antonio's consumers and businesses for success tomorrow," said Renée Flores, regional vice president, external and legislative affairs, AT&T. "We commend our leaders at the state and local level for their work in creating a positive economic environment that encourages continued investment and innovation in San Antonio and across Texas."
"Continued and strong investment in our local communications infrastructure has led to the outstanding innovations and booming growth in San Antonio's tech sector that have earned our city the reputation as an emerging tech hub," said San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor. "We appreciate AT&T's commitment to and investment in our community."
The AT&T LTE network covers 365 million people in North America. In 2015, we made these San Antonio network enhancements:
- The addition of a Distributed Antenna System (DAS) to increase mobile broadband and Wi-Fi services. A new DAS installation at North Star Mall, for instance, increases capacity for shoppers in this busy area.
- An expanded HD Voice network. HD Voice enables crystal clear conversations while surfing the web at 4G LTE speeds.
AT&T also made a number of temporary network upgrades in San Antonio to ensure fast, reliable connections at popular festivals, which often spur spikes in data usage with social posts and streaming video. These network upgrades include deploying temporary cell sites, known as "Cell on Wheels" or "COWs" in high traffic locations. COWs feature some of the highest capacity antennas in our fleet – including the Giant Eyeball Antenna (also known as the Luneburg Lens Antenna).
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 offer Internet customers a great combination of speed and price. AT&T high-speed Internet2 customers have access to our entire national AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spot Network at no additional charge3. We also offer our award-winning DIRECTV® service to eligible locations. Customers may be eligible for AT&T U-verse TV service, a 100% digital service available over our advanced network. In 2015, Woman's Choice Awards® named AT&T U-verse "America's Most Recommended Brand among women for Broadband, Television and Phone Service."
AT&T GigaPower was launched in San Antonio in 2015, and offers our fastest Internet speeds, up to 1Gbps4 over a 100% fiber network. GigaPower is currently offered to more than 1.6 million locations across 22 major metro areas. We've announced plans to expand the availability of Internet speeds up to 1Gbps to homes, apartments and small businesses in parts of 34 additional cities across the U.S. – which will total at least 56 metros served.
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 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 plans5.
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2 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.
3 Access includes AT&T Wi-Fi Basic. Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See www.attwifi.com for details and locations.
4 Internet speed claims represent maximum network service capability speeds. Actual customer speeds may vary based on factors including site traffic, content provider server capacity, internal network management factors, and device capabilities and are not guaranteed. For more information, go to att.com/speed101.
5 A Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See attwifi.com for details and locations.
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