AT&T Invests More Than $16 Million in Abilene from 2009 through 2011 to Improve Local Networks

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

Abilene, Texas, March 21, 2012

AT&T* invested more than $16 million in its Abilene area 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 15 wireless network upgrades in three key categories in Abilene. These enhancements include:

  • Activating one new cell sites or towers to improve network coverage.
  • Adding capacity or an extra layer of frequency to cell sites – like adding lanes to a highway – with the addition of six of these layers, or “carriers”.
  • Upgrading nine cell sites to provide fast mobile broadband speeds.

“Our goal is to deliver a network experience that mobilizes everything for customers,” said Adam Vital, AT&T’s Vice President/General Manager for North Texas.  “The ongoing investment we’re making in Abilene 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.

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.  In 2011, customers made 1.2 billion AT&T Wi-Fi Connections, with 486.9 million connections in the 4th quarter alone.

For more information about AT&T’s coverage in Abilene 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.