AT&T Dropped $1.9Billion on Upgrading LA

I’m impressed, I just got an email from my AT&T contact with a press release.  It says AT&T has spent almost $2 billion in the LA area upgrading service.  I know that I went from good service in my house to smoking fast 4G in the past year or so.  I’m actually really happy with this and have to say that they’ve come a long way.

All the local outreach that AT&T has done over the last year has really made a difference in the perception AT&T customers have of the company.  I feel like they’re really making an effort to step up their game and this gigantic multi billion dollar investment is a monitary sign they’re standing behind what they’ve been doing.

Good job AT&T and good job to your local PR firm.  They’re some great folks.  Now to put AT&T to the test overseas when I go to Barcelona and London.  I’ll report back on their coverage there.

Here’s the press release they sent out:




Expanded 4G LTE Coverage, New Cell Sites and Boosted Capacity Drive Improved Customer Experience

Investment Spurs Improvement: 99 Percent of All Los Angeles-Area Wireless Calls Stayed Connected in the 4th Quarter of 2012


LOS ANGELES, CA. (FEBRUARY 21, 2013)  — AT&T* invested more than $1.9 billion in its Greater Los Angeles area wireless and wireline networks from 2010 through 2012, with a focus on expanding 4G LTE mobile Internet coverage and enhancing the overall performance of its networks.**


People in Los Angeles increasingly depend on mobile Internet connections for communication, entertainment and productivity at work, at home and everywhere in between. AT&T’s continued investment is designed to deliver the highest levels of service, with network enhancements driving improvements in key areas of the mobile Internet experience: 4G speed, broad coverage and network reliability.


AT&T’s significant investment over the past three years is delivering customers a stronger network performance.  The AT&T network kept 99 percent of all Los Angeles-area wireless calls connected in the fourth quarter of 2012 (October through December).


“I’m proud of the investment AT&T continues to make in California.  As a leader in communications technology we are excited to empower, engage and transform the way Californians interact with each other and world around them,” said Ken McNeely, President – AT&T California.


2012 Network Enhancements Deliver Faster Speeds, Broader Coverage to Customers


AT&T customers are benefitting from nearly 950 wireless network upgrades in six key categories in the Greater Los Angeles area during 2012, including activating new cell sites, adding capacity, upgrading cell sites to provide fast 4G LTE mobile Internet speeds, deploying high-capacity Ethernet connections to cell sites, and adding or upgrading Distributed Antenna Systems, which boost wireless coverage and capacity in buildings and at major venues like convention halls or sports arenas.


AT&T launched 4G LTE in the Greater Los Angeles area in January 2012.  AT&T 4G LTE is the latest generation of wireless network technology and provides faster mobile Internet speeds — improved performance on a variety of mobile smartphones and tablets.


The AT&T 4G LTE network has been nationally recognized for its speed and coverage. AT&T 4G LTE delivered faster average download speeds than any of the competitors in PCWorld’s most recent 13-market speed tests, and telecommunications industry analyst firm Frost and Sullivan awarded AT&T its North American Mobile Network Strategy Award for the second year in a row in 2012.


“Broadband access is a priority everywhere in our nation, no matter the location, because it is such a powerful driver for economic development,” said Gary Toebben, President & CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. “This investment by AT&T to expand its mobile Internet network will help more people and businesses stay connected in today’s fast-moving technological world.”


Planned Investment to Expand Reach of Wireless and Wired Broadband


AT&T recently launched Project Velocity IP (VIP), a three-year investment initiative to expand and enhance its wireless and wireline IP broadband networks. As part of Project VIP, AT&T plans to increase the density of its wireless network by deploying more than 10,000 macro sites, more than 1,000 distributed antenna systems, and more than 40,000 small cells. Through this initiative, we also plan to:

  • ·         Expand 4G LTE to cover more than 300 million people by year-end 2014
  • ·         Expand the AT&T wired IP network to 57 million customer locations, covering 75 percent of customer locations in its wired service area by year-end 2015
  • ·         Expand the AT&T fiber network to reach 1 million additional business locations by year-end 2015


For more information about AT&T’s coverage in Los Angeles or anywhere in the U.S., 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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