AT&T invested more than $1.2 billion in its Louisiana wireless and wireline networks from 2010 through 2012, with a focus on expanding 4G LTE mobile Internet coverage and enhancing the overall performance of its networks.
AT&T has made more than 1,200 wireless network upgrades in six key categories in Louisiana during 2012, including activating new cell sites, adding capacity, upgrading cell sites to provide fast 4G LTE mobile Internet speeds, deploying high-capacity Ethernet connections to cell sites, and adding or upgrading Distributed Antenna Systems, which boost wireless coverage and capacity in buildings and at major venues like convention halls or sports arenas.
“The strong business climate we have built in Louisiana is making a difference,” said Gov. Bobby Jindal. “Private investments like those announced today show that our state continues to attract business and industry. These technology investments will help our state lead the way in innovation and will allow our residents and local businesses to compete in the global economy.”
“AT&T is betting big on Louisiana,” said Sonia Perez, President, AT&T Louisiana. “We know that a robust investment in wireless and wireline networks leads to economic development and job creation, and we are proud of the investments we make here in the state.”
“We know our customers depend on us for fast, reliable mobile Internet connections at home, work and everywhere in between,” said Joe Larussa, AT&T vice president and general manager, Gulf States. “Delivering for our Louisiana customers is a top priority and our ongoing investment here is designed to deliver a superior mobile Internet experience, encompassing speed, coverage and reliability.”
AT&T recently launched Project Velocity IP (VIP), a three-year investment initiative to expand and enhance its wireless and wired IP broadband networks. As part of Project VIP, AT&T plans to increase the density of its wireless network by deploying more than 10,000 macro sites, more than 1,000 distributed antenna systems, and more than 40,000 small cells.