AT&T invests $6.8 billion in California during 2009-2011 to improve telecom networks





By Telecom Lead Team: AT&T has invested
more than $6.8 billion in its California wireless and
wireline networks from 2009 through 2011.


The aim of investment was to focus on
improving the company’s mobile broadband coverage and overall performance of
its networks.


The company claimed that during 2011,
AT&T made nearly 7,500 wireless network upgrades in four key categories
in California. The provider activated more than 120 new cell sites or
towers to improve network coverage. Also, it deployed faster fiber-optic
connections to nearly 2,850 cell sites.


“Our goal is to deliver a network
experience that mobilizes everything for customers. The ongoing investment
we’re making in California is designed to increase coverage and
reliability, and to provide advanced services to our customers,” said Fred
Devereux, AT&T region president West.


The service provider claimed that it is
upgrading more than 300 cell sites to provide fast mobile
broadband speeds in California.


Recently, AT&T also launched its new 4G
LTE network in the San Francisco Bay Area, in Los Angeles and
in San Diego.


“To stay connected with friends,
family and business, Californians use wireless communications now more than
ever before. I applaud AT&T’s continued investment to its wireless network
and commitment to the communication needs of California’s residents and
businesses,” said Gene Hale, Chair, Greater Los Angeles African American
Chamber of Commerce (GLAAAC).


Recently, AT&T reported 2 percent increase in sales at $124.28 billion in 2011
against $126.72 billion in 2010. The service provider posted a 3.6 increase in
Q4 2011 revenue at $32.5 billion against $31.36 billion.


The provider is planning to support the
build or upgrade of thousands of cell sites nationwide to increase network
speed, coverage and reliability for both mobile voice and broadband


In addition, AT&T is planning to
install additional radio “carriers” at thousands of cell sites
nationally, enabling new layers of spectrum capacity to carry larger volumes of
mobile broadband traffic. In 2012, AT&T plans to double its 4G LTE


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