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AT&T Invests Nearly $800 Million Over Four-Year Period To Enhance Local Networks In Arkansas

Investment Expands Access to Nation's Most Reliable 4G LTE Network, AT&T U-verse Services; Brings Powerful Fiber-Optic Connections to More Arkansas Businesses

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., March 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T has invested nearly $800 million in its best-in-class wireless and wired networks in Arkansas between 2010 through 2013, driving a wide range of upgrades to enhance speed, reliability, coverage and performance for residents and business customers.

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Advancing its Project Velocity IP (VIP), a three-year investment plan to expand and enhance its wireless and wired IP broadband networks, AT&T in 2013 made 541 network upgrades in Arkansas, including new cell sites, addition of wireless and wired network capacity, and new broadband network connections. Additionally, AT&T expanded the reach of its network, providing access to U-verse® Internet and video services to nearly 20,000 new customer locations and delivering powerful fiber-optic connections to 1,432 business locations at 50 multi-tenant business buildings and business parks.

"Arkansas 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 Ed Drilling, AT&T Arkansas president. "AT&T is making robust investments locally to make sure that residents can take full advantage of the latest services and tools, and that Arkansas businesses have the connectivity speeds to compete globally and our schools have the broadband speed needed to provide a world class curriculum to their students." 

Notable Arkansas network enhancements in 2013 included:

  • Expanding mobile internet coverage at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium with the installation of an upgraded 4G LTE Distributed Antenna System (DAS) to enhance the customer experience throughout the facility.
  • Improving mobile Internet coverage at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) campus by installing a new 4G LTE DAS.
  • Launching enhanced U-verse service in Fort Smith and Little Rock, offering home High Speed Internet at speeds of up to 45 Mbps downstream and up to 6 Mbps upstream.

"Continued investment in fast and reliable Internet connectivity is critical for both quality of life and economic growth in Arkansas," said Grant Tennille, executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. "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 state."

AT&T provides the nation's most reliable 4G LTE network today, covering more than 280 million Americans with 4G LTE service.**  In 2013, several markets in Arkansas were added to AT&T's extensive LTE network, including: Arkadelphia, Batesville, Blytheville, Camden, El Dorado-Magnolia, Forrest City, Fort Smith, Harrison, Hot Springs, Little Rock, Mountain Home, Pine Bluff, Russellville and Searcy.

AT&T also expanded its 4G LTE network to more areas in the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers and Jonesboro-Paragould markets.

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 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 Arkansas 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.
** Speed & Reliability claims based on analysis of independent third party data re nationwide carriers' 4G LTE. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. 4G LTE not available everywhere.
*** Geographic and service restrictions apply to AT&T U-verse services. Call or go to www.att.com/u-verse to see if you qualify.
**** Largest based on company branded and operated hotspots.
To define a market, we rely on the Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSA), as established by the United States Office of Management and Budget.  Minor differences, if any, between annual totals reflect annual updating of market boundaries in our record systems.

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and internationally. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's most reliable 4G LTE network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile Internet, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV service with the AT&T U-verse® brand. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world.

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