AT&T Invests More Than $675 Million Over Three-Year Period to Enhance Local Networks in Kansas City Area
OLATHE, Kan., May 20, 2016 — At AT&T, we’ve invested more than $675 million in our Kansas City-area wireless and wired networks during 2013-2015. These 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 46 wireless network upgrades in the Kansas City area. We added a new cell site and added network capacity. We also launched HD Voice, which enables clearer voice calls and simultaneous voice and data at 4G LTE speeds.
Additionally, we launched AT&T GigaPower, our ultrafast network delivering Internet speeds up to one gigabit per second (Gbps) over fiber, in more than a dozen communities in the Kansas City area. We also continued to expand AT&T business fiber, which since 2012 has added more than 17,000 business locations in Kansas.
“Our investment in Kansas City brings a host of new, innovative opportunities for residents and businesses,” said Mike Scott, president of AT&T Kansas, AT&T. “We want our customers to be able to access the Internet at any moment, from almost any device and anywhere. We can make that happen thanks to state and local officials who are creating a positive environment that allows us to invest aggressively.”
“Residents and businesses in Olathe and throughout the Kansas City area increasingly demand fast, reliable connectivity to the Internet,” said Julia Lynn, chair of the state Senate Commerce Committee. “AT&T’s ongoing investments in its wireless network and new services such as GigaPower are helping provide the Kansas City area the technology tools to thrive.”
The AT&T LTE network covers 365 million people in North America.
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 our 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.
We offer Internet customers a great combination of speed and price. AT&T high-speed Internet customers have access to our entire national AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spot Network at no additional charge]. We also offer our award-winning DIRECTV® service to eligible locations. Customers may be eligible for AT&T U-verse TV service, a 100% 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 GigaPower offers our fastest Internet speeds, up to 1Gbps over a 100% fiber network to more than 1.5 million locations across 20 major metro areas. We’ve announced plans to expand the availability of Internet speeds up to 1Gbps to homes, apartments and small businesses in parts of 36 additional cities across the U.S. – which will total at least 56 metros served.
We plan to continue to roll out our fastest Internet services over a 100% fiber network to reach more than 14 million additional residential and commercial locations.
We have big plans for 2016. We’ll be giving you 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. We plan 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.
We have 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 than 1 million locations around the world. Most AT&T smartphone customers and home Internet customers get access to our entire national Wi-Fi network at no additional cost. Wi-Fi usage doesn’t count towards customers’ monthly wireless data plans.
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