Frost & Sullivan Awards Best Wireless Network Strategy to AT&T

AT&T's 4G LTE and HSPA+ Coverage Recognized for Second Consecutive Year as "Ideal Option" for Consumers and Businesses

Dallas, Texas, October 04, 2012

Wireless carriers are serving customers with a variety of technologies, but for consumers and businesses deciding which is right for them, a leading analyst firm says there’s a clear frontrunner. Telecommunications industry analyst firm Frost and Sullivan has recognized AT&T* with its 2012 North American Mobile Network Strategy Award for the second year in a row.

AT&T received the award for its rapid, broad and simultaneous deployment of high-speed 4G LTE and 4G HSPA+ technologies. AT&T is the only U.S. carrier deploying two compatible 4G technologies to provide more coverage to more smartphone customers. AT&T customers get access to the nation’s largest 4G network, covering 275 million people.

“No carrier is currently capable of achieving suitable U.S. coverage with LTE alone, but AT&T’s network strategy provides nearly indistinguishable high-speed mobile Internet services to nearly all their customers,” said Peter Finalle, principal analyst, Frost and Sullivan. “AT&T’s is rapidly expanding LTE, and HSPA+ delivers LTE-like speeds. The combination means AT&T is able to provide overall faster performance than carriers that are only relying solely on LTE.”

AT&T’s 4G LTE network delivered faster average download speeds than any of the competitors in PCWorld’s most recent 13-market speed tests. Even as AT&T continues to expand its 4G LTE coverage in 2012 and 2013, customers can get 4G speeds outside of 4G LTE areas with 4G HSPA+, unlike competitors, where smartphone customers fall back to slower 3G technologies when outside of LTE coverage.

“It’s important to us that our customers have a consistently fast mobile Internet experience wherever they go,” said John Donovan, senior executive vice president of AT&T network and technology operations, AT&T. “With our extensive 4G coverage, customers can make the most of the latest devices. It’s one of the many reasons more smartphone customers choose AT&T.”

Over the past five years, AT&T invested more than $115 billion into operations and into acquiring spectrum and other assets that have enhanced our wireless and wired networks. Since 2007, AT&T has invested more capital into the U.S. economy than any other public company. In a July 2012 report, the Progressive Policy Institute ranked AT&T No. 1 on its list of U.S. Investment Heroes.”