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AT&T Invests Nearly $140 Million in Wisconsin Wireless and Wireline Networks in First Half of 2013

Investments Strengthen Nation's Fastest and Most Reliable 4G LTE Network, Largest 4G Network In First Six Months, Project Velocity IP Results in Enhanced Wireless Network Performance, Advanced Fiber-Optic Connectivity for more than 525 Wisconsin Businesses.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 08, 2013

Blazing speeds.  Great reliability.  Broad coverage.  Excellent overall performance.  That’s what Wisconsin residents want from their mobile Internet, and it’s exactly what AT&T* is delivering with an array of network upgrades completed in the first half of 2013.

In the first half of 2013, AT&T invested nearly $140 million in its wireless and wired networks in Wisconsin.  The investments included deployment of new macro cell sites, small cells and Distributed Antenna Systems across the state as a part of AT&T’s Project Velocity IP, a three-year investment plan announced last fall to expand and enhance its IP broadband networks.  The company also expanded and enhanced its 4G LTE network, which provides ultra-fast mobile Internet speeds, and deployed new Wi-Fi hot spots.  

Project Velocity IP is also spurring the deployment of advanced fiber-optic connections to thousands of Wisconsin businesses.  In just the first six months of 2013, more than 525 additional business customer locations in Wisconsin– located in nearly 20 multi-tenant office buildings across the state – now have access to blazing-fast, reliable connections to Internet and cloud-based resources, which ride on the fiber network.

These investments help to ensure that Wisconsin residents continue to receive the best possible experience over the AT&T network, whether at home, at work or on the go.  The great performance of AT&T’s 4G LTE network, now the nation’s fastest and most reliable, continues to be validated:

  • AT&T now has the most reliable 4G LTE network.  According to independent third-party data, AT&T has the highest success rate for delivering mobile content across nationwide 4G LTE networks.**
  • Meanwhile, our 4G LTE service was recognized as having faster average download and upload speeds than any of our competitors in PCWorld/TechHive’s most recent 20-market speed tests – the second consecutive year that AT&T has ranked 1st overall.  PCWorld/TechHive also ranked AT&T’s as the fastest combination of 3G and 4G services in the 20 cities it tested.***
  • And AT&T was named America’s fastest 4G LTE network in PC Magazine’s 2013 Fastest Mobile Networks 30-market study – sweeping the top rankings in all six U.S. regions from coast to coast: Northeast, Southeast, North-Central, South-Central, Northwest and Southwest.****

 “Fast, reliable connectivity is essential to both quality of life and competitiveness at work,” said AT&T Wisconsin State President Scott VanderSanden.  “No one understands that better than we do, and no one is doing more than AT&T to mobilize a world that works for people in Wisconsin.  With initiatives like Project Velocity IP, we’re working to ensure that Wisconsin consumers and businesses remain at the leading edge of broadband services.”

In addition, RootMetrics® has awarded AT&T 1st or tied for 1st for strongest overall call, text, and data performance in 66 of 125 national markets – including 1 of 2 markets in Wisconsin, where AT&T was 1st  in Milwaukee – from January through June this year

Highlights of network upgrades completed so far this year in Wisconsin include:

  • The launch of LTE in Madison.
  • Deployment of a Distributed Antenna System at the Milwaukee festival grounds.
  • Mobile internet upgrades in La Crosse, Stevens Point, Wisconsin Rapids and along the I-39 and Highway 151 corridors.

 “AT&T’s network investment supports Wisconsin’s economic health and our residents’ ability to succeed at work and at home,” said State Representative John Nygren. “The expansion of mobile Internet service helps to ensure that people across the state have access to the latest online services and applications.”       

The 2013 year-to-date network investment builds on the nearly $725 million that AT&T has invested in its Wisconsin wireless and wired networks from 2010 through 2012.

AT&T 4G LTE is now available in multiple areas of the state, including Milwaukee, Green Bay and Madison. Nationwide, more than 225 million Americans have access to AT&T 4G LTE service.  By year-end 2013, AT&T expects to cover nearly 270 million people and 400 markets with its 4G LTE network.

For more information about AT&T’s coverage in Wisconsin or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer.  For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.