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AT&T Invested Nearly $3.3 Billion in Illinois 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

Chicago, Illinois, March 20, 2013

AT&T* invested nearly $3.3 billion in its Illinois 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.**

AT&T has made nearly 950 wireless network upgrades in six key categories in Illinois during 2012, including activating new cell sites, adding capacity, upgrading cell sites to provide fast 4G LTE 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.

“We know our customers depend on us for fast, reliable mobile Internet connections at home, work and everywhere in between. This robust investment in the AT&T wireless and wireline networks in Illinois is important to our customers and to the state’s economy,” said Paul La Schiazza President, AT&T Illinois.  “More private broadband investment means more jobs for Illinois.”

“I strongly support broadband investment because it creates more jobs and economic opportunities for people all over our state.  Broadband innovation provides real benefits to our citizens in education, health care and public safety, in addition to creating jobs throughout our economy,” said Gov. Pat Quinn.  “Broadband infrastructure fuels economic progress, and I will continue leading the effort to attract additional broadband investment to strengthen our state’s economy and create more new jobs.”

AT&T launched 4G LTE in the Chicago area in September, 2011, and expanded the network footprint in 2012 to several Chicago South Side locations, including many South suburbs, such as Hickory Hills, Palos Heights, Alsip, Country Club Hills, Oak Lawn and Evergreen Park, among others.  AT&T 4G LTE is the latest generation of wireless network technology and provides faster mobile Internet speeds 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.

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

For more information about AT&T’s coverage in Illinois or anywhere in the U.S., consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. Using the online tool, AT&T customers can measure 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.