AT&T Invested More Than $400 Million in Minnesota From 2010 Through 2012 to Enhance Speeds, Reliability and Performance for Customers

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Wednesday, February 20th 2013
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Expanded 4G LTE Coverage, New Cell Sites and Boosted Capacity Drive Improved Customer Experience

TWIN CITIES, Minn., Feb. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* invested more than $400 million in its Minnesota wireless and wireline networks from 2010 through 2012, with a focus on expanding 4G LTE mobile Internet coverage and enhancing the overall performance of its networks.**

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AT&T has made more than 725 wireless network upgrades in six key categories in Minnesota during 2012, including activating new cell sites, adding capacity, upgrading cell sites to provide fast 4G LTE mobile Internet speeds, deploying high-capacity Ethernet connections to cell sites, and adding or upgrading Distributed Antenna Systems, which boost wireless coverage and capacity in buildings and at major venues like convention halls or sports arenas.

"We know our customers depend on us for fast, reliable mobile Internet connections at home, work and everywhere in between," said Hardmon Williams, AT&T vice president and general manager for Minnesota and the Northern Plains. "Delivering for our Minnesota customers is a top priority and our ongoing investment here is designed to deliver a superior mobile Internet experience, encompassing speed, coverage and reliability."

AT&T launched 4G LTE in the Twin Cities area in November, 2012.  AT&T 4G LTE is the latest generation of wireless network technology and provides faster mobile Internet speeds and improved performance on a variety of mobile smartphones and tablets. 

The AT&T 4G LTE network has been nationally recognized for its speed and coverage. AT&T 4G LTE delivered faster average download speeds than any of the competitors in PCWorld's most recent 13-market speed tests, and telecommunications industry analyst firm Frost and Sullivan awarded AT&T its North American Mobile Network Strategy Award for the second year in a row in 2012.

"One of the reasons Minnesota has become such a dynamic place to live, work, and conduct business, can be attributed to a robust wireless broadband infrastructure," said Ruthe Batulis, President – Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce.  "Mobile broadband communications is the lifeblood of many local businesses and important to job creation and the growth of our state's economy.  AT&T's continued investment in our state is a strong indicator that Minnesota is open for business, and that companies can thrive and succeed in our state."

"Across Minnesota, this robust investment in the AT&T wireless and wireline networks is important to spurring the economy and creating jobs. In our wireless world, mobile and broadband networks help create economic opportunities for health care, manufacturing, education, transportation and public safety and virtually every other economic sector," said Hardmon Williams.  

Planned Investment to Expand Reach of Wireless and Wired Broadband

AT&T recently launched Project Velocity IP (VIP), a three-year investment initiative to expand and enhance its wireless and wireline IP broadband networks. As part of Project VIP, AT&T plans to increase the density of its wireless network by deploying more than 10,000 macro sites, more than 1,000 distributed antenna systems, and more than 40,000 small cells. Through this initiative, we also plan to: