AUSTIN, Texas, March 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* has invested nearly $550 million in its best-in-class wireless and wired networks in Austin between 2011 through 2013, driving a wide range of upgrades to enhance speed, reliability, coverage and performance for residents and business customers.
Advancing its Project Velocity IP (VIP), a three-year investment plan to expand and enhance its wireless and wired IP broadband networks, AT&T in 2013 made 123 network upgrades in the Austin area, including new cell sites, addition of wireless and wired network capacity, and new broadband network connections. Additionally, AT&T expanded the reach of its network, providing access to U-verse(®) Internet and video services to 17,000 new customer locations and delivering powerful fiber-optic connections to 5,924 business locations at 215 multi-tenant business buildings and business parks.
"Fast, reliable connectivity is essential to economic growth and opening endless windows of opportunity across Texas in areas such as education, healthcare and public safety," said Dave Nichols, AT&T Texas State President. "Thanks to the smart, forward-looking policies passed and implemented by our state leaders in the Texas House and Senate, AT&T has been able to support job growth and confidently invest more than $6.55 billion in our network infrastructure all across Texas between 2011 and 2013."
Notable Austin network enhancements in 2013 included:
-- Launching U-verse with GigaPower** -- an all-fiber Internet network with initial speeds up to 300Mbps; -- With 300 Mbps speed, users can download 7 songs in one second; download a TV show in less than 9 seconds; and an online HD movie in less than 2 minutes.¹ -- Enhancing mobile Internet service on The University of Texas at Austin campus and at the Darrell K. Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium; -- Expanding 4G LTE coverage in Bastrop, Lockhart, Luling and Wimberley.
"Austin supports smart, forward-looking public policy that encourages investment and innovation in new technologies," said State Representative Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin). "This investment in turn helps solidify Austin's position as the 'silicon hills' of America and delivers more choices to our residents and businesses in how they connect and communicate. AT&T's investment in our city has helped lead the way in creating new jobs and spurring the economic growth needed to continue strengthening Austin's reputation as a technology leader and a great place to live and work."
AT&T's network investment has resulted in a 4G LTE network that has been recognized for its speed, reliability and coverage.
AT&T was named Austin's fastest 4G LTE network in PC Magazine's 2013 Fastest Mobile Networks 30-market study. AT&T swept the top rankings in all six U.S. regions from coast to coast: Northeast, Southeast, North-Central, South-Central, Northwest and Southwest.***
AT&T provides the nation's most reliable 4G LTE network today, covering nearly 280 million Americans with 4G LTE service.****
AT&T U-verse is delivered over AT&T's advanced IP network and includes AT&T U-verse High Speed Internet, AT&T U-verse TV, and AT&T U-verse Voice.***** AT&T U-verse TV customers enjoy Total Home DVR®, apps for entertainment on the go, and integrated features. AT&T was named Frost & Sullivan Video Company of the Year for 2013.
AT&T operates the nation's largest Wi-Fi network****** including more than 32,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers, and provides access to more than 529,000 hotspots globally through roaming agreements. Most AT&T smartphone customers and U-verse customers get access to our entire national Wi-Fi network at no additional cost, and Wi-Fi usage doesn't count against customers' monthly wireless data plans.
For more information about AT&T's coverage in Austin or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.
* AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
** Limited availability in select areas. May not be available in your area. Expanding availability during 2014. Go to att.com/gigapower to see if you qualify.
*** PC Magazine, June 17, 2013; http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2420333,00.asp
**** Speed and reliability claims based on analysis of independent third-party data re nationwide carriers' 4G LTE. LTE is a trademark of ET SI. 4G LTE not available everywhere.
*****Geographic and service restrictions apply to AT&T U-verse services. Call or go to www.att.com/u-verse to see if you qualify.
******Largest based on company branded and operated hotspots.
(1) Speeds may vary and are not guaranteed. Actual speeds vary based on internet factors including site traffic, content provider server capacity, and use of other U-verse services.
To define a market, we rely on the Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSA), as established by the United States Office of Management and Budget. Minor differences, if any, between annual totals reflect annual updating of market boundaries in our record systems.
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