AT&T touts big investment in Mississippi

AT&T says it invested nearly $975 million in its Mississippi wireless and wireline networks from 2010 through 2012.AT&T INC. LOGO

The company said its main focus was on expanding 4G LTE mobile Internet coverage and enhancing the overall performance of its networks.

Here’s what it had to say. We’ve cut through some of the platitudes (basically the governor and AT&T officials saying what a good job everybody is doing):

AT&T has made more than 145 wireless network upgrades in six key categories in Mississippi during 2012, including activating new cell sites, adding capacity, upgrading cell sites to provide fast 4G LTE mobile Internet speeds and deploying high-capacity Ethernet connections to cell sites.”

AT&T launched 4G LTE in the Jackson, Pascagoula, Hattiesburg, Oxford and Starkville areas in 2012.

Planned Investment to Expand Reach of Wireless and Wired Broadband (read more after the jump)

AT&T recently launched Project Velocity IP (VIP), 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

For more information about AT&T’s coverage in Mississippi 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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