BISMARCK, N.D., Oct. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- At AT&T*, we invested nearly $60-million in our North Dakota 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 204 wireless network upgrades in North Dakota. These upgrades include new cell sites as well as adding network capacity to existing cell sites.
"With a growing range of connected homes, farms and ranches along with new applications for distance learning, telemedicine, tractors, cars and wearable devices, we depend more on network connectivity than ever before," said Cheryl Riley, Northern Plains president, AT&T. "AT&T's continued investment in North Dakota brings a host of new, innovative opportunities for residents and businesses to connect with each other and their customers."
"One of the reasons North Dakota has become such a dynamic place to live, work, and conduct business, can be attributed to the contributions of companies such as AT&T," said Bernie Dardis, chairman for the Greater North Dakota Chamber. "AT&T's continued investment in our state's technology infrastructure makes possible the efficient communications and connectivity that are keys to building and strengthening North Dakota's business community. We need to continue to adopt pro-business policy that encourages this type of investment."
For the third year in a row, FORTUNE magazine recognized AT&T as the Most Admired Telecommunications Company in the world in 2017. We also ranked 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.
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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 Q1 + Q2 2017 across 121 markets.
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