Final hh - 12.10.3 mid-year ohio investment release
For more information, contact:Holly Hollingsworth, AT&T OhioOffice: 614-223-5711Email: firstname.lastname@example.org AT&T INVESTS $212 MILLION IN OHIO NETWORK IN FIRST HALF OF 2012 Company Builds New Cell Sites, Boosts Capacity To Deliver Superior 4G Experience in OhioCOLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 3, 2012 — AT&T* is driving investment and innovation across Ohio to deliversuperior 4G service and the best possible mobile Internet experience.In the first half of 2012, AT&T invested $212 million in its Ohio wireless and wired networks. Thenetwork upgrades include activation of new cell sites or towers to improve network coverage, deployingfaster connections to enable 4G speeds, and adding spectrum capacity to support additional traffic.First-half upgrade highlights include: Launch of 4G LTE on more than 360 cell sites, covering the greater Akron, Canton and Cleveland areas as well as a number of surrounding communities. Adding capacity or an extra layer of frequency to cell sites – like adding lanes to a highway – with the addition of more than 440 of these layers, or ―carriers,‖ statewide. These additions included enhancements to the wireless capacity and performance of AT&T’s mobile Internet network throughout the greater Cincinnati area, as well as in communities such as Lorain, Mantua, Marion, Pataskala and Zanesville. Increased the coverage of AT&T’s mobile Internet network, with enhancements made to more than 40 cell sites, including the communities of Cambridge, Ashland and Mansfield. Activating more than 15 new cell sites to improve network coverage in communities including Andover, Athens, Minster and Portsmouth.
―Investments in mobile Internet technologies drive our economy in a number of different areas like smallbusiness, high-tech manufacturing, health care and education,‖ said Tom Niehaus, President of theOhio Senate. ―It is critical for consumers and businesses to have access to the latest communicationstechnology in our information-driven economy.‖AT&T network upgrades in Ohio also include deployment of new Wi-Fi hot spots and backbone networkconnections.―Investments in mobile Internet throughout Ohio will help consumers and businesses who are workinghard to rebuild Ohio’s economy,‖ said State Representative Bill Batchelder, Speaker of the Ohio Houseof Representatives. ―Furthermore, these investments in mobile Internet are a critical economic driver forOhio to remain competitive.‖AT&T’s innovation and investment has resulted in the nation’s largest 4G network, covering 275 millionpeople with ultra-fast speeds and a more consistent user experience. AT&T is the only U.S. serviceprovider to deploy two compatible 4G technologies to deliver more speed to more smartphonecustomers. Our 4G LTE network delivered faster average download speeds than any of our competitorsin PCWorld’s most recent 13-market speed tests.―We’re working to build a network that’s smarter and better to provide our customers with a superiormobile Internet experience,‖ said AT&T Ohio state president Tom Pelto. ―The ongoing investment we’remaking across Ohio is designed to increase coverage, reliability and speed. We also continue to investin technologies like Wi-Fi and DAS to help provide customers with the best connections when they wantit, whatever they’re doing.‖AT&T’s 4G LTE network delivers speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G**, as well as multipleinnovations that optimize the network for performance. Our network’s radio components are placedclose to the antenna at most cell sites, instead of inside the base station, which helps minimize powerloss between the base station and antenna and, in turn, improves the performance of our LTE network.
The network also is designed with its core elements distributed across the country, which helps reducelatency, or the delay when using the Internet, because your request isn’t traveling as far.―Thanks to the leadership of our elected leaders like Governor John Kasich, Senate President Niehausand House Speaker Batchelder, we are seeing companies invest in technology which is essential togrow Ohio’s economy,‖ said Andrew Doehrel, President, Ohio Chamber of Commerce.Even as AT&T continues to expand its LTE coverage in 2012 and 2013, customers can get 4G speedsoutside of 4G LTE areas on our 4G HSPA+ network, unlike competitors, where smartphone customersfall back to slower 3G technologies when outside of LTE coverage.AT&T’s focus to deliver the best possible mobile Internet experience goes beyond 4G to embraceadditional connection technologies. AT&T operates the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network*** including morethan 30,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers across thecountry. Most AT&T smartphone customers get access to our entire national Wi-Fi network at noadditional cost, and Wi-Fi usage doesn’t count against customers’ monthly wireless data plans.AT&T also is a leading developer of Distributed Antenna System (DAS) networks, which utilize multiplesmall antennas to maximize coverage and speed within stadiums, convention centers, office buildings,hotels and other areas where traditional coverage methods are challenging.Over the past five years, AT&T invested more than $115 billion into operations and into acquiringspectrum and other assets that have enhanced our wireless and wired networks. Since 2007, AT&Thas invested more capital into the U.S. economy than any other public company. In a July 2012 report,the Progressive Policy Institute ranked AT&T No. 1 on its list of U.S. ―Investment Heroes.‖For more information about AT&T’s coverage in Ohio or anywhere in the United States, consumers canvisit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&Tnetwork news page.