The FINANCIAL -- AT&T has invested more than $400 million in its best-in-class wireless and wired networks in the Boston area between 2012 through 2014, driving a wide range of upgrades to enhance reliability, coverage, speed and performance for residents and business customers.
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.
As part of its Project Velocity IP (VIP), an investment plan focused on network enhancement and expansion, AT&T in 2014 made nearly 100 wireless network upgrades in the Boston area, including new cell sites, addition of network capacity, and new wireless high-speed Internet connections.
“With a growing range of connected home appliances, cars and wearable devices, we depend more on network connectivity than ever before,” said Patricia Jacobs, President, AT&T New England. “AT&T’s continued investment in Massachusetts brings a host of new, innovative opportunities for residents and businesses to connect with each other and their customers. It is facilitated by the leadership and positive reforms of the Baker administration, focused on attracting private sector investment in the Commonwealth.”
“Robust mobile broadband networks are essential for our ability to grow and expand the innovation economy here in Massachusetts,” said Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Affairs Jay Ash. “Whether it is health care, biotech, education, finance, or life sciences – innovation in all sectors depends on a fast, reliable wireless infrastructure. This type of investment in the Commonwealth is critical to economic growth, public safety and quality of life here.”
Notable Boston-area network enhancements in 2014 included:
Launch of nearly a dozen free AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots in the Back Bay
Installation of a new Distributed Antenna System (DAS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as part of an ongoing, multi-phase network investment across the campus
Deploying two Cell on Wheels (COWs) to boost network capacity for the annual Fourth of July celebration on the Charles River Esplanade
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.