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AT&T Invested More Than $2.85 Billion in Dallas-Fort Worth Area from 2010 through 2012 to Enhance Speeds, Reliability and Performance for Customers

Expanded 4G LTE Coverage, New Cell Sites and Boosted Capacity Drive Improved Customer Experience - AT&T Wireless Network Recently Ranked No. 1 in Dallas by RootMetrics

Dallas, Texas, February 27, 2013

AT&T* invested more than $2.85 billion in its Dallas-Fort Worth area wireless and wireline networks from 2010 through 2012, with a focus on expanding 4G LTE mobile Internet coverage and enhancing the overall performance of its networks.**

People in Dallas- Fort Worth increasingly depend on mobile Internet connections for communication, entertainment and productivity at work, at home and everywhere in between. AT&T’s continued investment is designed to deliver the highest levels of service, with network enhancements driving improvements in key areas of the mobile Internet experience: 4G speed, broad coverage and network reliability.

AT&T’s significant investment over the past three years is delivering customers a stronger network performance:

  • The AT&T wireless network recently ranked No. 1 in Dallas by RootMetrics®, an independent research and testing organization. AT&T was named the RootMetrics RootScore® Combined Award winner for its combination of call quality, text performance, and mobile Internet speed. The RootMetrics award is the result of more than 40,800 wireless test calls, texts and mobile Internet transmissions conducted during August 2012.

“We know the mobile Internet has become central to our customers’ lives, and we’re committed to driving both investment and innovation to deliver the best possible experience over the AT&T network,” said Adam Vital, AT&T vice president general manager. “While third-party and internal testing shows that these investments are paying off with excellent service for Dallas-Fort Worth customers, we are continually planning and deploying network enhancements to improve service in the future.”

2012 Network Enhancements Deliver Faster Speeds, Broader Coverage to Customers

AT&T launched 4G LTE in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in September 2011. AT&T 4G LTE is the latest generation of wireless network technology and provides faster mobile Internet speeds — up to 10 times faster than 3G**— and improved performance on a variety of mobile smartphones and tablets.

The AT&T 4G LTE network has been nationally recognized for its speed and coverage. AT&T 4G LTE delivered faster average download speeds than any of the competitors in PCWorld’s most recent 13-market speed tests, and telecommunications industry analyst firm Frost and Sullivan awarded AT&T its North American Mobile Network Strategy Award for the second year in a row in 2012.

“AT&T has exhibited a continuous, strong commitment to the Dallas-Fort Worth community, and has remained a vibrant partner in our growth and success. This investment ensures that we have access to the latest technologies that are the building blocks of a 21st century infrastructure and economy,” said Senator Bob Deuell, Chair of the Senate Economic Development Committee.   “Texas is home to four of the fastest growing cities in the nation – our area included.  Investments in our infrastructure today will pay off tomorrow and ensure that all of us in Dallas-Fort Worth stay connected to the resources we need to live our lives and participate in this global, interconnected, high-speed world.”

Also in 2012, AT&T completed the installation of a new 4G LTE-capable Distributed Antenna System (DAS) in the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, and Gaylord Texan Hotel in Grapevine. DAS, which consists of multiple strategically placed antennas that distribute AT&T’s wireless network coverage throughout an area, has the ability to provide enhanced, more consistent wireless coverage to customers in indoor or outdoor spaces where geographical limitations – terrain, building construction, etc. – or crowd density might otherwise prevent the optimal wireless experience.

Planned Investment to Expand Reach of Wireless and Wired Broadband

AT&T recently launched Project Velocity IP (VIP), a three-year investment initiative to expand and enhance its wireless and wireline IP broadband networks. As part of Project VIP, AT&T plans to increase the density of its wireless network by deploying more than 10,000 macro sites, more than 1,000 distributed antenna systems, and more than 40,000 small cells. Through this initiative, we also plan to:

  • Expand 4G LTE to cover more than 300 million people by year-end 2014
  • Expand the AT&T wired IP network to 57 million customer locations, covering 75 percent of customer locations in its wired service area by year-end 2015
  • Expand the AT&T fiber network to reach 1 million additional business locations by year-end 2015

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.

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