PIERRE, S.D., April 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* has invested nearly $120 million in its best-in-class wireless and wired networks in South Dakota from 2010 through 2013, driving a wide range of upgrades to enhance speed, reliability, coverage and performance for residents and business customers.
Advancing its Project Velocity IP (VIP), an investment plan to expand and enhance its wireless and wired IP broadband networks, AT&T in 2013 made more than 350 network upgrades in South Dakota, including:
- 7 new sites built
- 250 capacity enhancement adds
- 98 enhanced fiber (Ethernet) backhaul adds
"South Dakota residents depend on our fast and reliable Internet connections more and more every day, whether it's instant access to files and apps at work, watching a video at home, or even receiving updates from connected cars or home monitors," said Cheryl Riley, director of external affairs, AT&T South Dakota. "AT&T is making robust investments locally to make sure that residents can take full advantage of the latest services and tools, and that businesses have the speed they need to compete and grow."
AT&T provides the nation's most reliable 4G LTE network today, covering more than 280 million Americans with 4G LTE service.** In 2013, two markets in South Dakota were added to AT&T's extensive LTE network, including:
AT&T operates the nation's largest Wi-Fi network*** including more than 32,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers, and provides access to more than 529,000 hotspots 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.
For more information about AT&T's coverage in South Dakota 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.
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** Speed & Reliability claims based on analysis of independent third party data re nationwide carriers' 4G LTE. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. 4G LTE not available everywhere.
*** Largest based on company branded and operated hotspots.
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