DETROIT — AT&T invested more than $1.5 billion in its Michigan wireless and wireline networks in the last two years, with a focus on expanding 4G LTE mobile Internet coverage and enhancing the overall performance of its networks, the company announced today.
AT&T has made more than 1,400 wireless network upgrades in six key categories in Michigan 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.
“We know our customers depend on us for fast, reliable mobile Internet connections at home, work and everywhere in between,” said Brian Ducharme, vice president and general manager, AT&T Michigan and Indiana. “Delivering for our Michigan customers is a top priority and our ongoing investment here is designed to deliver a superior mobile Internet experience, encompassing speed, coverage and reliability.”
AT&T launched 4G LTE in Metro Detroit in September and Grand Rapids in December of 2012. AT&T 4G LTE is the latest generation of wireless network technology and provides faster mobile Internet speeds and improved performance on a variety of mobile smartphones and tablets.
AT&T recently launched Project Velocity IP, a three-year investment initiative to expand and enhance its wireless and wired 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 broadband network to cover approximately 75 percent of customer locations in our wired service area by year-end 2015
- Expand the AT&T fiber network to reach 1 million additional business locations by year-end 2015