Global internet provider AT&T today announced more than $1.4 billion was invested from 2014-2016 to provide better reliability, coverage, speed, and overall performance upgrades to wireless and wired networks throughout Michigan.
In 2016, the company made nearly 1,000 wireless network upgrades statewide, including capacity upgrades on existing sites, DAS upgrades, and new site builds, improving service for residential and commercial customers.
Other notable Michigan network enhancements from 2016 include:
- A new base station with strategically placed antennas via fiber at Joe Louis Arena
- Additional capacity on a distributed antenna system at Detroit Metropolitan Airport
- Faster network at McLaren’s Petoskey Campus
- Upgrades to dozens of northern Michigan and Upper Peninsula communities
- Hundreds of upgrades throughout metro Detroit
- Sixty network upgrades in Flint and Ann Arbor combined
- Forty improvements in Lansing and Grand Rapids combined
The First Responder Network Authority (First Net) also recently chose AT&T to build a nationwide public safety broadband network, which will be dedicated to police, firefighters, EMS personnel, and other first responders when they need it.
If Michigan selects to use the FirstNet network, the company will build on planned and current investments with a dedicated focus on the state’s first responders. AT&T expects to make a significant investment to upgrade and maintain Michigan’s FirstNet network over the next 25 years.
The AT&T LTE network currently covers nearly 400 million people throughout North America.