AT&T Invests Nearly $350 Million over Three-Year Period to Enhance Local Network in Phoenix Area

AT&T Invests Nearly $350 Million over Three-Year Period to Enhance Local Network in Phoenix Area

AT&T Invests Nearly $350 Million over Three-Year Period to Enhance Local Network in Phoenix Area

The FINANCIAL -- AT&T has invested nearly $350 million in its best-in-class wireless and wired networks in the Phoenix area between 2012 through 2014, driving a wide range of upgrades to enhance reliability, coverage, speed and performance for residents and business customers.

“With a growing range of connected home appliances, cars and wearable devices, we depend more on network connectivity than ever before,” said Jerry Fuentes, president of AT&T Arizona and New Mexico.  “AT&T’s continued investment in Phoenix brings a host of new, innovative opportunities for residents and businesses to connect with each other and their customers.”

As part of its Project Velocity IP (VIP), an investment plan focused on network enhancement and expansion, AT&T in 2014 made 62 wireless network upgrades in the Phoenix area, including new cell sites and addition of network capacity.

“The economic growth and quality of life in Arizona depends on thoughtful innovation and a fast, reliable network,” said Steve Zylstra, President and CEO, Arizona Technology Council.  “With AT&T’s on-going investment, residents and businesses have the tools necessary to compete and grow.”

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. Additionally, FORTUNE 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 and U-verse 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, the backseat displays of connected cars, and even airplanes.  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.