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AT&T Invests More Than $300 Million in Reno-Sparks Area From 2009 Through 2011 to Improve Local Networks

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 3:09 PM

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

RENO, Nev., Feb. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* invested more than $300 million in its greater Truckee Meadows 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 125 wireless network upgrades in three key categories in the Reno-Sparks area. These enhancements include:

  • Activating two new cell sites or towers to improve network coverage.
  • Deploying faster fiber-optic connections to more than 30 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 85 of these layers, or "carriers."

"Our goal is to deliver a network experience that mobilizes everything for customers," said Terry Stenzel, Northern Nevada vice president and general manager, AT&T. "The ongoing investment we're making in Northern Nevada 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.

"I appreciate AT&T's investment in Nevada," said Senator James Settelmeyer. "Private sector investments will allow us to recover from our current economic slump."

"Investment in wireless broadband infrastructure is key to our economic health and vitality," said Mike Kazmierski, President and CEO of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada. "These enhancements provide leading edge technology that is an important tool when recruiting companies to Nevada."

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.


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