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AT&T Invests $141 Million In Virginia Network In First Half Of 2012
Aug 31, 2012 (03:08 PM EDT)
Company Builds New Cell Sites, Boosts Capacity to Deliver Superior 4G Experience in Virginia
RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* is driving investment and innovation across Virginia to deliver superior 4G service and the best possible mobile Internet experience.
In the first half of 2012, AT&T invested $141 million in its Virginia wireless and wired networks. Network upgrades include activation of new cell sites or towers to improve network coverage, deploying faster connections to enable 4G speeds, and adding spectrum capacity to support additional traffic. First-half upgrade highlights include an expansion of our 4G LTE** network across Northern Virginia and mobile Internet expansion in Lynchburg. AT&T network upgrades in Virginia also include deployment of new Wi-Fi hot spots and backbone network connections.
"We're working to build a high-speed network that's smarter and better to provide our customers with a superior mobile Internet experience," said Vince Apruzzese, regional vice president, AT&T-Virginia. "The ongoing investment we're making across Virginia is designed to increase 4G coverage, reliability and speed. We also continue to invest in technologies like Wi-Fi and distributed antenna systems to help provide customers with the best connections when they want it, whatever they're doing."
"Businesses and consumers across Virginia want and need more mobile Internet access, and AT&T is making it possible," said Michel Zajur of the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. "Their ongoing investments in the Commonwealth will benefit our businesses and their customers tremendously."
AT&T's innovation and investment has resulted in the nation's largest 4G network, covering 275 million people with ultra-fast speeds and a more consistent user experience. AT&T is the only U.S. service provider to deploy two compatible 4G technologies to deliver more speed to more customers. And only AT&T's 4G network lets iPhone 4S download three times faster.
AT&T's focus to deliver the best possible mobile Internet experience goes beyond 4G to embrace additional connection technologies. AT&T operates the nation's largest Wi-Fi network** including more than 30,000 AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers across the country. 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.
AT&T also is a leading developer of Distributed Antenna System (DAS) networks, which utilize multiple small antennas to maximize coverage and speed within stadiums, convention centers, office buildings, hotels and other areas where traditional coverage methods are challenging.
Over the past five years, AT&T invested more than $115 billion into operations and into acquiring spectrum and other assets that have enhanced our wireless and wired networks. Since 2007, AT&T has invested more capital into the U.S. economy than any other public company. In a July 2012 report, the Progressive Policy Institute ranked AT&T No. 1 on its list of U.S. "Investment Heroes."
For more information about AT&T's coverage in Virginia or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.
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SOURCE AT&T Inc.