AT&T Invests More Than $275 Million in Puerto Rico from 2009 through 2011 to Improve Local Networks; Completes Nearly 800 Wireless Upgrades
Company Builds New Cell Sites, Boosts Network Capacity and Adds Fiber Optics to Create Most Advanced Mobile Broadband Experience
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, February 13, 2012
AT&T* invested more than $275 million in its Puerto Rico 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 800 wireless network upgrades in three key categories in the Puerto Rico area. These enhancements include:
- Activating more than 20 new cell sites or towers to improve network coverage.
- Deploying faster fiber-optic connections to nearly 375 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 400 of these layers, or “carriers”.
AT&T also launched its new 4G LTE network*** in San Juan, Caguas and surrounding areas; south of San Juan in Ponce, Santa Isabel and Juana Diaz; and west of San Juan, including Mayaguez, Aguadilla and Rincon.
“Our goal is to deliver a network experience that mobilizes everything for customers,” said Jose Juan Davila, vice president and general manager, AT&T. “The ongoing investment we’re making in Puerto Rico 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, customers can use wireless technology to its full potential.”
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.
“The Puerto Rico wireless market is a very competitive one,” said Ramon (Ray) Flores, AT&T RVP – Legislative & External Affairs. “The investment we’re making in our wireless network here demonstrates our commitment to deliver a stronger mobile broadband experience and advanced services for customers.”
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 Puerto Rico 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.