AT&T Invests Nearly $150 Million over Three-Year Period to Enhance Local Network in Tampa Bay Area
Investment Expands Access to Nation’s Strongest 4G LTE Signal
TAMPA, Fla. March 17, 2015 — AT&T* has invested nearly $150 million in its best-in-class wireless and wired networks in the Tampa Bay area from 2012 through 2014, driving a wide range of upgrades to enhance reliability, coverage, speed and performance for residents and business customers.
As part of its Project Velocity IP (VIP), an investment plan focused on network enhancement and expansion, AT&T in 2014 made network upgrades in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater, including two new cell sites. In addition, there were143 LTE capacity enhancements and 13 LTE expansions at existing sites.
“With a growing range of connected home appliances, cars and wearable devices, we depend more on network connectivity than ever before,” AT&T Florida President Joe York said. “AT&T’s continued investment in the Tampa Bay region brings a host of new, innovative opportunities for residents and businesses to connect with each other and their customers.”
“The economic growth and improvement to Florida’s business climate depends on thoughtful innovation and a fast, reliable network,” said Florida Secretary of Commerce Bill Johnson, who serves as president & CEO of Enterprise Florida, the state’s principal economic development organization. “AT&T’s ongoing investment, provides businesses with the tools necessary to compete and grow, and allows the state’s infrastructure to support the increasing needs of businesses and citizens.”
AT&T provides the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network today, covering more than 300 million Americans with 4G LTE service.** AT&T’s network also has the nation’s strongest LTE signal.***
AT&T* was recently recognized by FORTUNE magazine as the Most Admired Telecommunications Company in the world in 2015. Additionally, FORTUNE ranked AT&T #47 among all companies in all industries in its list of the Top 50 Most Admired companies in the world. FORTUNE’s Most Admired Companies lists are among the most highly respected indicators of corporate performance and reputation.
AT&T operates an extensive Wi-Fi network including more than 34,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers, and provides access to more 1 million Hot Spots 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.*****
If the AT&T-DirecTV merger is approved by regulators, the combined companies will have an opportunity to redefine the video entertainment industry by delivering content to consumers across multiple screens – mobile devices, TVs, laptops, the backseat displays of connected cars, and even airplanes. AT&T has also committed to expand and enhance its deployment of both wireline and fixed wireless high-speed Internet to cover at least 15 million customer locations across 48 states – most of them in underserved rural areas.
For more information about AT&T’s coverage in Tampa Bay 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.
**Reliability claim based on analysis of independent third party data re nationwide carriers’ 4G LTE. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. 4G LTE not available everywhere.
***Claim based ONLY on avg LTE signal strength for national carriers
**** 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.
*****A Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See attwifi.com for details and locations.
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*Global coverage claim based on offering voice and LTE data roaming in more countries than any other U.S. based carrier, and offering the most wireless smartphones and tablets that work in the most countries.