AT&T Invested More Than $375 Million In Cleveland Area From 2010 Through 2012 To Enhance Speeds, Reliability And Performance For Customers
Expanded 4G LTE Coverage, New Cell Sites and Boosted Capacity Drive Improved Customer Experience
CLEVELAND, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* invested more than $375 million in its Cleveland area 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.**
"In an information-driven economy, the ability for all the people of our community to have access to the latest communications technology is critical," said Senator Tom Patton. "Investments like this assure that businesses of all sizes can compete effectively in a global economy."
People in Cleveland increasingly depend on mobile Internet connections for communication, entertainment and productivity at work, at home and everywhere in between. AT&T's continued investment is designed to deliver the highest levels of service, with network enhancements driving improvements in key areas of the mobile Internet experience: 4G speed, broad coverage and network reliability.
"The launch of new, even faster mobile Internet service throughout the greater Cleveland has helped my constituents and local businesses, who are working hard to rebuild Ohio's economy," said State Representative Sandra Williams. "Advancement in technology is a critical economic driver for businesses and consumers to remain competitive and to foster further economic growth."
AT&T's significant investment over the past three years is delivering customers a stronger network performance:
- The AT&T wireless network recently ranked No. 1 in Cleveland by RootMetrics®, an independent research and testing organization. AT&T was named the RootMetrics RootScore® Combined Award winner for its combination of call quality, text performance, and mobile Internet speed. The RootMetrics award is the result of more than 21,200 wireless test calls, texts and mobile Internet transmissions conducted during September 2012.
- The AT&T network kept 99 percent of all Cleveland-area wireless calls connected in the fourth quarter of 2012 (October through December).
"We know the mobile Internet has become central to our customers' lives, and we're committed to driving both investment and innovation to deliver the best possible experience over the AT&T network," said Larry Evans, vice president and general manager, AT&T Ohio. "While third-party and internal testing shows that these investments are paying off with excellent service for Cleveland customers, we are continually planning and deploying network enhancements to improve service in the future."
2012 Network Enhancements Deliver Faster Speeds, Broader Coverage to Customers
AT&T customers are benefitting from nearly 400 wireless network upgrades in six key categories in Cleveland 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.
AT&T launched 4G LTE in the Cleveland area in May 2012. AT&T 4G LTE is the latest generation of wireless network technology and provides faster mobile Internet speeds — up to 10 times faster than 3G** — and improved performance on a variety of mobile smartphones and tablets.