AT&T Invests More Than $475 Million in Massachusetts from 2009 through 2011 to Improve Local Networks
AT&T* invested more than $475 million in its Massachusetts wireless and wireline networks from 2009 through 2011 with a focus on improving the company’s mobile broadband coverage and overall performance of its networks.
During 2011, AT&T made nearly 1,050 wireless network upgrades in four key categories in Massachusetts. These enhancements include:
- Activating nearly 20 new cell sites or towers to improve network coverage.
- Deploying faster fiber-optic connections to nearly 625 cell sites. Combined with HSPA+ technology, these deployments enable 4G speeds**.
- Adding capacity or an extra layer of frequency to cell sites – like adding lanes to a highway – with the addition of nearly 400 of these layers, or “carriers”.
- Upgrading approximately 15 cell sites to provide fast mobile broadband speeds.
AT&T also launched its new 4G LTE network in Boston.
“More than ever, we use wireless communications to stay connected with family, friends and business colleagues," said Patricia Jacobs, president, AT&T New England. "The investments that we continue to make for our customers in Massachusetts are enabling the innovation of today and tomorrow while enhancing economic growth and stimulating jobs.”
CNN Money recently recognized AT&T for enhancing its wireless network. Last year, AT&T completed 150,000 network enhancements across the country, more than triple the year before, giving customers more capacity and faster speeds, as well as improving 3G dropped-call performance by 25 percent.
“Our goal is to deliver a network experience that mobilizes everything for customers,” said Steve Krom, vice president and general manager, AT&T New England. “The ongoing investment we’re making in Massachusetts is designed to increase coverage and reliability, and to provide advanced services to our customers. Paired with our recent launch of our 4G LTE network in Boston***, AT&T customers in the area can now take advantage of faster speeds whenusing their smartphones and tablets.”
AT&T plans to support the build or upgrade of thousands of cell sites nationwide to increase network speed, coverage and reliability for both mobile voice and broadband services. In addition, AT&T plans to install additional radio “carriers” at thousands of cell sites nationally, enabling new layers of spectrum capacity to carry larger volumes of mobile broadband traffic. Additional capacity helps support rising mobile data traffic volumes, whichcontinue to increase at a rapid pace.
AT&T operates the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network*** with nearly 30,000 hotspots in the U.S. and provides access to more than 220,000 hotspots globally through roaming agreements. Most AT&T smartphone 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. As of January 2012, AT&T has more than 545 hotspots in Massachusetts, including nearly 200 hotspots in the Boston area.
For more information about AT&T’s coverage in Massachusetts or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. Using the online tool, AT&T customers can measure coverage quality of coverage from a street address, intersection, ZIP code or even a landmark.
For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.