SEATTLE, April 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* invested nearly $1.4 billion in its best-in-class wireless network in the greater Seattle area from 2012 to 2014. These investments are driving a wide range of upgrades to enhance reliability, coverage, speed and performance for residents and business customers.
AT&T made 51 wireless network upgrades in the greater Seattle area last year, including new cell towers, new Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS), addition of network capacity, and new wireless high-speed Internet connections.
Notable network enhancements in 2014 included:
Expanding the nation's fastest and most reliable 4G LTE network in the greater Seattle area to include Vashon Island and Everett, bringing more customers the latest wireless network technology. AT&T launched 4G LTE in Seattle in September 2012, and the expanded coverage is part of its ongoing rollout across the market.
Installed DAS at SeaTac Airport and Husky Stadium to improve customers' wireless service. DAS installations consist of strategically placed antennas that distribute AT&T's wireless coverage throughout Husky Stadium and SeaTac airport, helping customers stay connected even when there's a large crowd.
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. FORTUNE also 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 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 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, and the backseat displays of connected cars. 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 the Seattle area or anywhere in the U.S., 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. To define a market, we rely on the Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSA), as established by the United States Office of Management and Budget. Minor differences, if any, between annual totals reflect annual updating of market boundaries in our record systems.
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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.
*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.