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AT&T Invests More Than $600 MIllion in Kentucky from 2009 through 2011 to Improve Local Networks

Company Builds New Cell Sites, Boosts Capacity and Adds Fiber Optics to Enhance Networks

Louisville, Kentucky, March 20, 2012

AT&T* invested more than $600 million in its Kentucky wireless and wireline networks from 2009 through 2011 with a focus on improving the company’s mobile Internet coverage and overall performance of its networks.

During 2011, AT&T made more than 900 wireless network upgrades in four key categories in Kentucky.

These enhancements include:

  • Activating nearly 45 new cell sites or towers to improve network coverage.
  • Deploying faster fiber-optic connections to more than 275 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 425 of these layers, or “carriers.”
  • Upgrading nearly 150 cell sites to provide fast mobile Internet speeds.

“More developed wireless networks help drive economic growth and stimulate jobs by equipping Kentucky businesses to meet the customer demands of today and tomorrow,” said Mike Mangeot, president and CEO of the Kentucky Association for Economic Development. “By providing Kentuckians with faster speeds, greater reliability and better coverage, we improve not only the quality of life, but we better enable the innovation that will be required for Kentucky to compete in a global economy.”

AT&T has invested more than $95 billion nationwide in its wireless and wireline networks over the past five years, and invested $20 billion in 2011 to improve and expand its networks.

“The jobs of the future will require access to a robust wireless infrastructure in both rural and urban areas and this investment is a significant step towards making that happen,” said Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President Dave Adkisson.  “As the number of Kentuckians who rely on wireless devices continues to grow, our Commonwealth must do all it can to enable access to the new technologies needed for future innovation and job growth.”

“Thanks to the vision and business-friendly approach of the General Assembly, Kentucky has a strong regulatory environment for telecom infrastructure investment,” said AT&T Kentucky President Mary Pat Regan. “As our legislators seek to move Kentucky forward in 2012, we hope they will build upon their past success and update our telecom laws to encourage even more capital investment across the Commonwealth.”

Regan said her company’s local investment creates many advantages for the people of Kentucky. “A recent study by the NDN think tank found that innovation has driven continued investments to upgrade the mobile Internet infrastructure in America, including transitions from 2G to 3G and now from 3G to 4G,” said Regan. “The world is going wireless, and this technology is enabling, empowering, enriching and enhancing lives at work, at play and everywhere in between. This investment has spurred significant new job creation and growth across all sectors of the economy and has fostered employment for U.S. workers.”

“Our goal is to deliver a network experience that mobilizes everything for customers. The ongoing investment we’re making in Kentucky is designed to increase coverage, reliability and to provide advanced services to our customers,” said Chris Percy, vice president and general manager, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets for Kentucky and Tennessee.

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 Internet 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 Internet 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 Kentucky 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.