AT&T Invests Nearly 1.7 Billion Over Three-Year Period to Enhance Local Networks in San Francisco Area
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., March 7, 2014 — AT&T* has invested nearly $1.7 billion in its best-in-class wireless and wired networks in San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont between 2011through 2013, driving a wide range of upgrades to enhance speed, reliability, coverage and performance for residents and business customers.
Advancing its three-year VIP Investment Plan to expand and enhance its wireless and wired IP broadband networks, AT&T in 2013 made 612 network upgrades in the San Francisco area, including new cell sites, increased LTE coverage and LTE expansion, AT&T expanded the reach of its network, providing access to U-verse® Internet and video services to 96,000 new customer locations and delivering powerful fiber-optic connections to 20,507 business locations at 706 multi-tenant business buildings and business parks.
“San Francisco residents depend on our fast and reliable Internet connections more and more every day, whether it’s instant access to files and apps at work, watching a video at home, or even receiving updates from connected cars or home monitors,” said Terry Stenzel, Vice President of AT&T Northern California and Northern Nevada. “AT&T is making robust investments locally to make sure that residents can take full advantage of the latest services and tools, and that businesses have the speed they need to compete and grow.”
Notable San Francisco-Oakland- Fremont network enhancements in 2013 included:
- Updated Distributed Antenna System
- Improved and increased LTE coverage
“Continued investment in fast and reliable Internet connectivity is critical for both quality of life and economic growth in San Francisco,” said Robert Linscheid, CEO of San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. “Enhanced wireless and wired connectivity is an important benefit for residents, and the expansion of fiber-optic connections helps to level the playing field for small and mid-sized businesses across the metro area.”
AT&T’s network investment has resulted in a 4G LTE network that has been recognized for its speed, reliability and coverage. Our 4G LTE service was recognized as having faster average upload speeds than any of our competitors in PCWorld/TechHive’s most recent speed tests in San Francisco. PCWorld/TechHive also ranked AT&T’s as the fastest combination of 3G and 4G services in the 20 cities it tested.**
AT&T was named San Francisco’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 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont 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.
** PCWorld/TechHive, May 23, 2013, “AT&T clocks best overall speeds with 3G/4G combo”
*** PC Magazine, June 17, 2013; http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2420333,00.asp
**** Largest based on company branded and operated hotspots.
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