AT&T Invests More Than $1 Billion in Houston Area from 2009 Through 2011 to Improve Local Networks

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

Houston, Texas, April 19, 2012

AT&T* invested more than $1 billion in its Houston area wireless and wireline networks from 2009 through 2011 with a focus on improving the company's mobile Internet coverage and overall performance of its networks.

During 2011, AT&T made more than 700 wireless network upgrades in four key categories in Houston. These enhancements include:

  • Activating more than 10 new cell sites or towers to improve network coverage.
  • Deploying faster fiber-optic connections to more than 375 cell sites. Combined with HSPA+ technology, these deployments enable 4G speeds**.
  • Adding capacity or an extra layer of frequency to cell sites – like adding lanes to a highway – with the addition of more than 275 of these layers, or "carriers".
  • Upgrading more than 20 cell sites to provide fast mobile Internet speeds.

In addition, AT&T officially launched 4G LTE service in the Houston area on September 19, 2011.

"Our goal is to deliver a network experience that mobilizes everything for customers," said Chris Penrose, vice president and general manager, AT&T South Texas.  "The ongoing investment we're making in Houston 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 Internet traffic. Additional capacity helps support rising mobile data traffic volumes, which continue to increase at a rapid pace.

"This investment in the Houston area is critical for businesses and consumers alike," said Jeffrey L. Boney, CEO and Founder of the Texas Business Alliance. "As business continues to boom in the Houston area, we need a communications network that keeps pace. This announcement by AT&T proves that we have the infrastructure that is necessary for Houston businesses and residents to compete in a global market."

AT&T launched "Focus: Houston," which provides visitors a peek into AT&T's wireless network enhancements made since the beginning of 2011. Enhancements include new cell sites, broadband speed upgrades, capacity upgrades and network connection upgrades. The site can be found at

AT&T operates the nation's largest Wi-Fi network**** with nearly 30,000 AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots in the U.S. and provides access to nearly 225,000 hotspots globally through roaming agreements. In 2011, customers made 1.2 billion AT&T Wi-Fi Connections, with 486.9 million connections in the 4th quarter alone. 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 Houston 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.

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