The FINANCIAL -- AT&T has invested nearly $5.4 billion in its best-in-class wireless and wired networks in Georgia between 2012 through 2014, driving a wide range of upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and performance for residents and business customers.
As part of its Project Velocity IP (VIP), an investment plan focused on network enhancement and expansion, AT&T in 2014 made 427 network upgrades in Georgia including new cell sites, addition of wireless and wired network capacity, and new broadband network connections.
“With a growing range of connected home appliances, cars and wearable devices, we depend more on network connectivity than ever before,” said AT&T Georgia President Beth Shiroishi. “AT&T’s continued investment in Georgia brings a host of new, innovative opportunities for residents and businesses to connect with each other and their customers.”
Notable Georgia network enhancements in 2014 included:
74 new cell sites
338 wireless high-speed Internet connection upgrades
15 new capacity upgrades
DAS (Distributed Antenna System) additions or expansions at Augusta National, the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, the Georgia Dome, Turner Field, Emory University
“Expanding the availability of mobile Internet services across our state will help Georgia’s citizens and businesses compete and thrive in a global marketplace,” said Senator Rick Jeffares, Chairman of the Senate Regulated Industries & Utilities Committee. “These investments are laying the technological foundation for continued economic growth and for new services and applications that will impact our lives in many areas, including education, medicine and commerce.”
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 U-verse is delivered over AT&T’s advanced IP network and includes AT&T U-verse High Speed Internet, AT&T U-verse TV, and AT&T U-verse Voice. AT&T U-verse TV customers enjoy Total Home DVR, apps for entertainment on the go, and integrated features. AT&T recently received three Women’s Choice Awards as “America’s Most Recommended Brand Among Women for Broadband, Television and Phone Service Provider.” Frost & Sullivan recognized AT&T for its leadership in high-speed Internet services with the 2015 North American Competitive Strategy and Innovation Leadership of the Year Award for Broadband, AT&T U-verse TV with the 2015 North American Company of the Year for Multichannel Video for its growth, innovation, and leadership, and the 2015 North American Company of the Year for Consumer Communication Services.
AT&T announced a major initiative in 2014 to expand the availability of U-verse with AT&T GigaPowerSM in up to 25 markets nationwide. Hundreds of thousands of customer locations across parts of Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Kansas City, Raleigh-Durham and Winston-Salem are able to sign-up for ultra-fast speeds up to 1 gigabit per second. AT&T has since announced it will deliver the AT&T GigaPower network to an additional 11 markets: Atlanta; Charlotte and Greensboro, N.C.; Chicago; Cupertino, Calif.; Houston; Jacksonville, Fla.; Miami, Fla.; Nashville, Tenn.; St. Louis and San Antonio.
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 than 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, 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.