At AT&T, we’ve invested more than $1.8 billion in our North Carolina wireless and wired networks during 2015-2017. These investments boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. They also improve critical services that support public safety and first responders.
During 2015-2017, AT&T made the following investments in its wireless and wired networks:
In 2017, AT&T made more than 2,100 wireless network upgrades in North Carolina. These include 13 new sites, plus carrier additions and bandwidth expansions that increased capacity and speed in the network.
“A strong communications infrastructure is vital for keeping North Carolina growing in a global economy,” said Gov. Roy Cooper. “This kind of sustained investment gives businesses the communication tools they need to compete and succeed, connects people and communities, and also helps law enforcement and other first responders keep North Carolina safe.”
“We are investing in the advanced communications networks of the future because, today more than ever, life is about connections,” said Venessa Harrison, president of AT&T North Carolina. “Businesses connect with customers and suppliers; individuals connect with each other, with their elected officials and with information. Connections drive opportunities and innovation and we are investing now to help our customers and communities lead and succeed in the future.”
The AT&T LTE network now covers more than 400 million people in North America.
By building out our 4G LTE network, we’re laying the foundation for 5G, the next advance in network technologies. We’re boosting network speeds and capacity, as we continue to expand the availability of our network using the latest technology.
Since the formation of the FirstNet public-private partnership a little over a year ago, governors from all 50 states, 5 territories and D.C. recognized the value of FirstNet, joining in its mission to strengthen and modernize public safety’s communications capabilities.
FirstNet is a new nationwide communications platform dedicated to America’s public safety community. As we build, deploy and evolve FirstNet, we will build upon our current and planned investments in North Carolina to help ensure public safety’s network delivers the coverage and cutting-edge capabilities first responders expect – today and for decades to come.
For the 4th year in a row, AT&T earned the top spot in the telecommunications industry on FORTUNE’s Most Admired Companies list in 2018. We also placed No. 49 among the 50 most admired companies across all industries.
We were ranked first or second in all 9 attributes to compile the list, including innovation, people management, quality of management, long-term investment value, quality of products/services and global competitiveness.
Our internet offerings
We continue to expand the scope of our ultra-fast internet powered by AT&T Fiber. We now market our ultra-fast internet service powered by AT&T Fiber to nearly 675,000 customer locations in North Carolina.
We have the largest fiber network within our 21-state wireline footprint, including more than 3 million strand miles in North Carolina.2 And AT&T is the largest U.S.-based provider of fiber for business services, creating an unparalleled ability to serve businesses of all sizes.
We also now market a 1 gigabit connection3 on our 100% fiber network to 9 million locations across 71 major metro areas nationwide. We plan to reach at least 14 million locations across at least 84 metro areas by mid-2019 for consumers.
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