AT&T invested more than $875 million in its Kansas City area wireless and wireline networks from 2009 through 2012, with a focus on expanding 4G LTE mobile Internet coverage and enhancing the overall performance of its networks.
People in Kansas City increasingly depend on mobile Internet connections for communication, entertainment and productivity at work, at home and everywhere in between. AT&T’s continued investment is designed to deliver superior levels of service, with network enhancements driving improvements in key areas of the mobile Internet experience: 4G speed, broad coverage and network reliability.
AT&T’s significant investment over the past four years is delivering customers a stronger network performance. The AT&T network kept 99 percent of all Kansas City-area wireless calls connected in the fourth quarter of 2012 (October through December).
“We know the mobile Internet has become central to our customers’ lives, and we’re committed to driving both investment and innovation to deliver the best possible experience over the AT&T network,” said John Sondag, president of AT&T Missouri. “While third-party and internal testing shows that these investments are paying off with excellent service for Kansas City customers, we are continually planning and deploying network enhancements to improve service in the future.”
2012 Network Enhancements Deliver Faster Speeds, Broader Coverage to Customers
AT&T customers are benefitting from more than 90 wireless network upgrades in key categories in Kansas City during 2012, including activating new cell sites, adding capacity, upgrading cell sites to provide fast 4G LTE mobile Internet speeds, deploying high-capacity Ethernet connections to cell sites, and adding or upgrading Distributed Antenna Systems, which boost wireless coverage and capacity in buildings and at major venues like convention halls or sports arenas.
AT&T launched 4G LTE in the Kansas City area in November 2011. AT&T 4G LTE is the latest generation of wireless network technology and provides faster mobile Internet speeds undefined up to 10 times faster than 3G**undefined and improved performance on a variety of mobile smartphones and tablets.
The AT&T 4G LTE network has been nationally recognized for its speed and coverage. AT&T 4G LTE delivered faster average download speeds than any of the competitors in PCWorld’s most recent 13-market speed tests, and telecommunications industry analyst firm Frost and Sullivan awarded AT&T its North American Mobile Network Strategy Award for the second year in a row in 2012.
"Across Kansas City, this robust investment in the AT&T wireless and wireline networks is important to spurring the economy and creating jobs. In our wireless world, mobile and broadband networks create economic opportunities for health care, manufacturing, education, transportation and public safety and virtually every other economic sector,” said Steve Hahn, president of AT&T Kansas.
Planned Investment to Expand Reach of Wireless and Wired Broadband
AT&T recently launched Project Velocity IP (VIP), a three-year investment initiative to expand and enhance its wireless and wired IP broadband networks. As part of Project VIP, AT&T plans to increase the density of its wireless network by deploying more than 10,000 macro sites, more than 1,000 distributed antenna systems, and more than 40,000 small cells. Through this initiative, we also plan to:
For more information about AT&T’s coverage in Kansas City or anywhere in the U.S., consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. Using the online tool, AT&T customers can measure coverage quality of coverage from a street address, intersection, ZIP code or even a landmark. For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.
Expand 4G LTE to cover more than 300 million people by year-end 2014
Expand the AT&T wired IP broadband network to cover approximately 75 percent of customer locations in our wired service area by year-end 2015
Expand the AT&T fiber network to reach 1 million additional business locations by year-end 2015