AT&T Invests Nearly $175 Million over 3-Year Period to Enhance Local Network in Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, May 10, 2016 — At AT&T[i], we’ve invested nearly $175 million in our Alaska wireless network during 2013-2015. These investments drive a wide range of upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. They also enhance critical services that support public safety and first responders.
“We’re committed to providing our customers fast, reliable, highly secure connectivity to the Internet almost anywhere, at any moment and from almost any device,” said Shawn Uschmann, External Affairs Director, AT&T Alaska. “AT&T’s continued investment in Alaska brings a host of new, innovative opportunities for residents and businesses.”
The AT&T LTE network covers 365 million people in North America. In 2015, we added several markets in Alaska to the extensive AT&T LTE network, including:
· Forming agreements with ASTAC to enhance wireless service and expand high-speed internet on the North Slope and Cordova Wireless Communications to enhance wireless service and expand high-speed internet in Cordova, Alaska.
· Launching High Definition (HD) Voice in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Ketchikan. Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) is the all-Internet Protocol (IP) network technology that enables HD Voice from AT&T, and VoLTE also enables the ability to talk while surfing the Web on the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network.
· Expanding AT&T’s extensive LTE network to include Ft. Wainright. AT&T’S LTE network covers 365 million 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. This is our third year in a row on the Top 50 list – AT&T is the only communications company on the list. We ranked #1 in all 9 attributes. This included 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 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.
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