SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, May 11, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- At AT&T1, we've invested nearly $275 million in our Puerto Rico wireless and wired networks during 2014-2016. These investments drive a wide range of upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. They also improve critical services that support public safety and first responders.
In 2016, AT&T made more than 900 wireless network upgrades in Puerto Rico, including;
- Activating 5 new cell sites
- Adding capacity to nearly 500 existing cell sites to help manage more network traffic
- Enhancing hundreds of cell sites to help provide customers faster data speeds, and
- Rolling in mobile cell sites (Cell on Wheels) to boost service at 2 crowd-drawing events
"AT&T is investing to provide faster, more reliable, highly secure connectivity for Puerto Ricans. These continued investments bring residents and businesses a host of new opportunities and help pave the path for 5G mobile services in the years ahead," said Ray Flores, vice president of AT&T Puerto Rico & USVI.
"These continued investments help us innovate and serve our customers," said Jose Juan Davila, vice president general manager for AT&T Puerto Rico & USVI. "We want customers to have internet access at any moment, from almost any device—anywhere. By investing in our island, AT&T is making business growth possible and our customers have the tools to stay connected and entertained."
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) recently chose AT&T to build a nationwide public safety broadband network. The network will be dedicated to America's police, firefighters, EMS personnel and other first responders when they need it. Should Puerto Rico opt-in to the FirstNet network, we will build upon our current and planned investments with a dedicated focus on the state's first responders.
And we would expect to make a significant investment to upgrade and maintain Puerto Rico's FirstNet network over the next 25 years, bringing your first responders the coverage, value and experience they expect.
For the third year in a row, FORTUNE magazine recognized AT&T as the Most Admired Telecommunications Company in the world in 2017. We are also No. 37 among the Top 50 World's Most Admired companies.
AT&T is the only telecommunications company on the list. We ranked No. 1 in all 9 attributes. This included innovation, financial soundness and quality of products/services.
We have the largest fiber network within our 21-state wireline footprint.2 We are also now market a 1 gigabit connection3 on our 100% fiber network to 4.6 million locations across 52 major metro areas. We plan to reach at least 75 major metros overall. We expect to add 2 million locations in 2017, and we plan to reach at least 12.5 million locations by mid-2019.
We have an extensive Wi-Fi network with more than 40,000 AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers nationwide. And we provide access to Wi-Fi at more than 1 million locations around the world. Most AT&T smartphone and home internet customers get access to the entire national AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spot network4 at no additional cost. Wi-Fi usage doesn't count against customers' monthly wireless data plans.
1 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.
2 Based on publicly available data for the top fiber providers in the AT&T operating footprint.
3 Actual customer speeds may vary. Download speeds are typically up to 940Mbps due to overhead capacity reserved to deliver the data.
4 Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See www.attwifi.com for details and locations
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AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, business, mobile and high speed internet services. We offer the nation's best data network* and the best global coverage of any U.S. wireless provider.** We're one of the world's largest providers of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. Nearly 3.5 million companies, from small to large businesses around the globe, turn to AT&T for our highly secure smart solutions.
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*Claim based on the Nielsen Certified Data Network Score. Score includes data reported by wireless consumers in the Nielsen Mobile Insights survey, network measurements from Nielsen Mobile Performance and Nielsen Drive Test Benchmarks for Q3+Q4 2016 across 121 markets.
**Global coverage claim based on offering discounted voice and data roaming; LTE roaming; and voice roaming in more countries than any other U.S. based carrier. International service required. Coverage not available in all areas. Coverage may vary per country and be limited/restricted in some countries.
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