AT&T Invested More Than $475 Million In Colorado From 2010 Through 2012 To Enhance Speeds, Reliability And Performance For Customers

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Thursday, February 21st 2013
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Expanded 4G LTE Coverage, New Cell Sites and Boosted Capacity Drive Improved Customer Experience

DENVER, Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* invested more than $475 million in its Colorado 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 nearly 525 wireless network upgrades in six key categories in Colorado 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 Jenifer Robertson, AT&T vice president general manager. "Delivering for our Colorado 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 Denver area in November 2012 and Boulder in December 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.

"It takes private investment as well as forward-thinking policies to lay the groundwork so that broadband can reach everyone across Colorado.  We appreciate these types of networks that shape the economic landscape in both urban and rural areas by giving consumers and businesses the services they need in their everyday lives," said Colorado Speaker of the House Mark Ferrandino.

"We continue to expand and improve our wireless network across Colorado as consumers demand more high speed services.  In our growing wireless world, mobile and broadband networks create economic opportunities for health care, manufacturing, education, transportation and public safety and virtually every other economic sector," said Bill Soards, President - AT&T Colorado.

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 wired 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: