AT&T Invests Nearly $1.15 Billion in California 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, Velocity IP Plan Results in Enhanced Wireless Network Performance, Advanced Fiber-Optic Connectivity for More Than 30,400 California Businesses, and AT&T U-verse Services for More Than 127,700 Customer Locations

San Francisco, California, August 12, 2013

Blazing speeds.  Great reliability.  Broad coverage.  Excellent overall performance.  That’s what Califonia 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 $1.15 billion in its wireless and wired networks in California. 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 Velocity IP Plan, 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.  

The Velocity IP Plan is also spurring the deployment of advanced fiber-optic connections to thousands of California businesses.  In just the first six months of 2013, more than 30,400 additional business customer locations in California – located in nearly 800 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 California 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.****

 "This robust investment in California wireless and wireline networks is critical to a 21st century economy.  Our commitment creates jobs, enhances connectivity, and helps the Golden State stay at the forefront of innovation,” said Ken McNeely, president, AT&T California.  “AT&T has over a century of history in California – helping to create economic opportunities in health care, manufacturing, education, transportation, public safety and virtually every other economic sector.  I’m proud of our consistent investment and inspired by what it means for our customers, the state and the innovation economy.”

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 5 of 18 markets in California, where AT&T was 1st in Modesto and tied for 1st in Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose – from January through June this year.*****

The 2013 year-to-date network investment builds on the more than $7 billion that AT&T has invested in its California wireless and wired networks from 2010 through 2012.

AT&T 4G LTE is now available in multiple areas of the state, including Bakersfield, Chico-Oroville, Fresno, Los Angeles, Madera-Chowchilla, Merced, Modesto, Napa, Oakland, Sacramento, Salinas-Seaside-Monterey, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Santa Rosa-Petaluma, Vallejo-Vacaville, Ventura-Oxnard, and Visalia-Porterville

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 California 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.

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