AT&T Invests More Than $500 Million in Arkansas from 2009 through 2011 to Improve Local Networks

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

Little Rock, Arkansas, February 28, 2012

AT&T* invested more than $500 million in its Arkansas wireless and wireline networks from 2009 through 2011 with a focus on improving the company’s mobile broadband coverage and overall performance of its networks.

During 2011, AT&T made more than 850 wireless network upgrades in four key categories in Arkansas. These enhancements include:

  • Deploying faster fiber-optic connections to more than 250 cell sites.
  • Adding capacity or an extra layer of frequency to cell sites – like adding lanes to a highway – with the addition of nearly 425 of these layers, or “carriers”.
  • Upgrading nearly 175 cell sites to provide fast mobile broadband speeds.
  • Activating eight new cell sites or towers to improve network coverage.

“Our goal is to deliver a network experience that mobilizes everything for customers,” said Steve Gray, vice president and general manager, AT&T Arkansas and Oklahoma. “The ongoing investment we’re making in Arkansas is designed to increase coverage and reliability, and to provide advanced services to our customers.”

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.

“A reliable wireless and wireline network is an absolute necessity to compete for jobs and allow for companies to grow,” said Grant Tennille, Interim Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.  “I applaud AT&T’s continued investment to ensure a strong wireless and wireline network is in place that helps communities and the state bring the best jobs possible to our citizens.”

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 broadband 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 broadband 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 Arkansas 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.