AT&T Invests $80 Million In Arizona Wireless And Wireline Networks In First Half Of 2013

AT&T August 7, 2013

Blazing speeds, great reliability, broad coverage, excellent overall performance. That’s what Arizona residents want from their mobile Internet, and it’s exactly what AT&T* is delivering with an array of network upgrades completed in the first half of 2013.

In the first half of 2013, AT&T invested nearly $80 million in its wireless and wired networks in Arizona. The investments included deployment of new macro cell sites, small cells and Distributed Antenna Systems across the state as a part of AT&T’s Project Velocity IP, a three-year investment plan announced last fall to expand and enhance its IP broadband networks. The company also expanded and enhanced its 4G LTE network, which provides ultra-fast mobile Internet speeds, and deployed new Wi-Fi hot spots.

These investments help to ensure that Arizona residents continue to receive the best possible experience over the AT&T network, whether at home, at work or on the go. The great performance of AT&T’s 4G LTE network, now the nation’s fastest and most reliable, continues to be validated:

  • AT&T now has the most reliable 4G LTE network. According to independent third-party data, AT&T has the highest success rate for delivering mobile content across nationwide 4G LTE networks.
  • Meanwhile, its 4G LTE service was recognized as having faster average download and upload speeds than any of itscompetitors in PCWorld/TechHive’s most recent 20-market speed tests—the second consecutive year that AT&T has ranked 1st overall. PCWorld/TechHive also ranked AT&T’s as the fastest combination of 3G and 4G services in the 20 cities it tested.***
  • And AT&T was named America’s fastest 4G LTE network in PC Magazine’s 2013 Fastest Mobile Networks 30-market study – sweeping the top rankings in all six U.S. regions from coast to coast: Northeast, Southeast, North-Central, South-Central, Northwest and Southwest.

“Fast, reliable connectivity is essential to both quality of life and competitiveness at work,” said Jerry Fuentes, president of AT&T Arizona and New Mexico. “No one understands that better than we do, and no one is doing more than AT&T to mobilize a world that works for people in Arizona. With initiatives like Project Velocity IP, we’re working to ensure that Arizona consumers and businesses remain at the leading edge of broadband services.”

Highlights of network upgrades completed so far this year in Arizona include launching 4G LTE in Flagstaff-Sedona and Prescott, as well as expanding 4G LTE in the Phoenix and Tucson areas.

“AT&T’s network investment supports Arizona’s economic health and our residents’ ability to thrive and expand,” said Sandra Watson, president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. “The expansion of mobile Internet service supports the way we live and work in a highly competitive global economy.”

The 2013 year-to-date network investment builds on the nearly $700 million that AT&T has invested in its Arizona wireless and wired networks from 2009 through 2012.

AT&T 4G LTE is now available in multiple areas of the state, including Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff-Sedona and Prescott. Nationwide, more than 225 million Americans have access to AT&T 4G LTE service. By year-end 2013, AT&T expects to cover nearly 270 million people and 400 markets with its 4G LTE network.

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