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AT&T Invested More Than $25 Million in Mid-Missouri from 2009 through 2012 to Enhance Speeds, Reliability and Performance for Customers

Expanded 4G Coverage, New Cell Sites and Boosted Capacity Drive Improved Customer Experience

Jefferson City, Missouri, February 27, 2013

AT&T* invested more than $25 million in its Columbia and Jefferson City area wireless and wireline networks from 2009 through 2012, with a focus on expanding 4G mobile Internet coverage and enhancing the overall performance of its networks.**

People in the Columbia and Jefferson City areas 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.

“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 Nancy Garvey, AT&T vice president general manager. “While third-party and internal testing shows that these investments are paying off with excellent service for 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 customers are benefitting from more than 65 wireless network upgrades in six key categories in Columbia and Jefferson City during 2012, including activating new cell sites, adding capacity, upgrading cell sites to provide fast 4G mobile Internet speeds, deploying high-capacity Ethernet connections to cell sites, and adding or upgrading Distributed Antenna Systems, which boost wireless coverage and capacity in buildings and at major venues like convention halls or sports arenas.

"Across Mid-Missouri, this robust investment in the AT&T wireless and wireline networks is important to spurring the economy and creating jobs. In our wireless world, mobile and broadband networks create economic opportunities for health care, manufacturing, education, transportation and public safety and virtually every other economic sector,” said John Sondag, President of AT&T Missouri.

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 wired 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 broadband network to cover approximately 75 percent of customer locations in our 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’s innovation and investment has resulted in the nation’s largest 4G network, covering 288 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 smartphone customers. AT&T’s HSPA+ network enables mobile Internet speeds up to four times faster than 3G technologies.***

For more information about AT&T’s coverage in Missouri or anywhere in the U.S., 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.

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