In the first half of 2013, AT&T invested nearly $35 million in its wireless and wired networks in Idaho, the company announced in a news release Monday.
The investments included deployment of new macro cell sites, small cell sites and distributed antenna systems across the state as a part of AT&Ts Project Velocity IP, a three-year investment plan announced last fall to expand and enhance the companys internet protocol broadband networks. The company also expanded and enhanced its 4G LTE (long-term evolution) network, which provides ultra-fast mobile Internet speeds, and deployed new Wi-Fi hot spots.
AT&T was named Americas fastest 4G LTE network in PC Magazines 2013 Fastest Mobile Networks 30-market study. RootMetrics® awarded AT&T first place or a tie for first place for 1st or tied for 1st for overall call, text, and data performance in 66 of 125 national markets from January through June this year. That includes Boise, where the company was tied for first.
Fast, reliable connectivity is essential to both quality of life and competitiveness at work, said Jenifer Robertson, AT&Ts vice president and general manager for the Rocky Mountain Region. With initiatives like Project Velocity IP, were working to ensure that Idaho consumers and businesses remain at the leading edge of broadband services.
Highlights of AT&T network upgrades completed so far this year in Idaho include 4G LTE launches in Blackfoot, Boise, Idaho Falls, Moscow, Pocatello, Rexburg and Coeur DAlene.
For Idaho, this is about creating jobs and economic opportunity. AT&Ts network investment supports the ability of Idaho citizens and communities to reach their full potential, Gov. Butch Otter said in the news release.