AT&T Invests More Than $950 Million in South Carolina From 2008 Through 2011 to Improve Local Networks
COLUMBIA, S.C., Feb. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — AT&T* invested more than $950 million in its South Carolina wireless and wireline networks from 2008 through 2011 with a focus on improving the company’s mobile broadband coverage and overall performance of its networks.
“Private-sector investment is the engine which will power economic recovery and in today’s globally-connected marketplace, advanced communication services and technologies are vital,” said state Sen. Glenn McConnell (R-Charleston). “Announcements such as this are why the General Assembly has worked diligently over a number of years to update and modernize communications laws to attract the investments that support economic opportunities for individuals and businesses. It is good to see that our efforts are continuing to pay dividends for the people of South Carolina.”
During 2011, AT&T made more than 950 wireless network upgrades in four key categories in South Carolina. These enhancements include:
- Activating nearly 20 new cell sites or towers to improve network coverage.
- Deploying faster fiber-optic connections to more than 550 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 more than 275 of these layers, or “carriers”.
- Upgrading more than 110 cell sites to provide fast mobile broadband speeds.
“New jobs and economic growth depend on the advanced communications services and infrastructure which these investment dollars deliver,” said Pamela Lackey, President, AT&T South Carolina. “Investing at this level is made possible by the hard work of South Carolina’s forward-looking policymakers in creating a legal and regulatory climate that facilitates competition and encourages the commitment of private capital. We look forward to the opportunities which the products and services powered by these investments will bring to our state.”
“Our goal is to deliver a network experience that mobilizes everything for customers,” said Laurent Therivel, AT&T’s VP/GM of Mobility and Consumer Markets in the Carolinas. “The ongoing investment we’re making in South Carolina is designed to increase coverage and reliability, and to provide advanced services to our customers.”
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.
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, which continue 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 nearly 190,000 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.
For more information about AT&T’s coverage in South Carolina or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. Using the online tool, AT&T customers can measure 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.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
**4G speeds delivered by HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. Available in limited areas. Availability increasing with ongoing backhaul deployment. 4G device required. Learn more at att.com/network.
*** Largest based on company branded and operated hotspots. Access includes AT&T Wi-Fi Basic. A Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See www.attwifi.com for details and locations.
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