AT&T Invests Nearly $200 Million Over 3-Year Period to Enhance Local Networks

AT&T Invests Nearly $200 Million Over 3-Year Period to Enhance Local Networks
AT&T has invested nearly $200 million in their Memphis area wireless and wired networks during 2013 -2015. The investments drive upgrades to enhance reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. They also enhance critical services that support public safety and first responders.
In 2015, AT&T made 256 wireless network upgrades in the Memphis area, adding new cell sites, addition of network capacity, and new wireless high-speed Internet connections.
“Whether you are at home, at the office or on the go, high-speed Internet through wired and wireless networks are essential to our lives today,” said Phil Trenary, president and CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber. “I thank our elected officials for their hard-work in Nashville that has allowed for investments like these to pour into the Memphis area.”
“Every day we hear of new communications technologies emerging, and many of those innovative products rely on easy access to high-speed Internet,” said Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland. “That is why this continuing effort by private industry to invest in Tennessee’s communications network is so important for businesses and families across the state.”
The AT&T LTE network covers 365 million people in North America. In 2015, the company made these Memphis network enhancements:
• Fast 4G LTE speeds added to two cell sites.
• Nearly 172 additional carrier projects increasing of capacity of existing 4G LTE cell sites.
• Expanded the bandwidth of radio frequencies with 82 projects, increasing data speeds and call reliability.
• More than 28,000 business customer locations across Tennessee with access to AT&T’s fiber-optic network – many of which are in the Memphis area.
“AT&T’s more than 5,700 employees in Tennessee are turning these billions of dollars of investments into high-speed connections for businesses and residents across Tennessee, and we are proud to connect more Tennesseans – in urban and rural areas alike – than anyone else,” said Chuck Thomas III, regional director, external affairs, AT&T Tennessee. “Because of the positive, pro-investment policies pursued by our legislative leadership in Nashville and by our local leaders, AT&T’s ongoing investments in the Memphis area will continue to bring a host of new, innovative opportunities for residents and businesses.”
In 2016, for the second year in a row, FORTUNE magazine recognized AT&T as the Most Admired Telecommunications Company in the world. We also placed #48 among the Top 50 World’s Most Admired companies in the world. This is their third year in a row on the Top 50 list – AT&T is the only communications company on the list. The company ranked #1 in all 9 attributes. This includes innovation, financial soundness and quality of products/services. FORTUNE’s Most Admired Companies lists are among the most highly respected indicators of corporate performance and reputation.
AT&T offers Internet customers a great combination of speed and price. AT&T high-speed Internet customers have access to the entire national AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spot Network at no additional charge .  They also offer our award-winning DIRECTV service to eligible locations.  Customers may be eligible for AT&T U-verse TV service, a 100 percent digital service available over our advanced network. In 2015, Woman’s Choice Awards named AT&T U-verse “America’s Most Recommended Brand among women for Broadband, Television and Phone Service.”
AT&T plans to continue to roll out their fastest Internet services over a 100% fiber network to reach more than 14 million additional residential and commercial locations.
The communications company also has big plans for 2016, giving customers the ability to access and stream DIRECTV video services over a wired or wireless Internet connection from any provider and from virtually any device – smartphone, tablet, Smart TV, streaming media hardware or PC. AT&T plans for each service to come with a set number of simultaneous sessions. These services will not require annual contracts, satellite dishes or set-top boxes.
AT&T has an extensive Wi-Fi network with more than 40,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers. And we provide access to Wi-Fi at more 1 million locations around the world. Most AT&T smartphone customers and home Internet customers get access to their entire national Wi-Fi network at no additional cost. Wi-Fi usage doesn’t count towards customers’ monthly wireless data plans.
To learn more about AT&T coverage in Memphis or anywhere in the U.S., visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer at For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit

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