AT&T Invested More Than $725 Million In Kansas From 2009 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

TOPEKA, Kan., Feb. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* invested more than $725 million in its Kansas wireless and wireline networks from 2009 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 250 wireless network upgrades in six key categories in Kansas 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.

"Across Kansas, 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 Steve Hahn, President, AT&T Kansas.

AT&T launched 4G LTE in the Wichita area in July 2012 and the Kansas City area in November 2011. 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.

"AT&T has been an excellent partner in helping to strengthen our Kansas economy," said Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle. "Their continued investment in broadband internet in Kansas will help us grow jobs in our high-speed economy."

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

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: