AT&T says it has spent $6.8 billion improving its wired and wireless networks across Texas in the past three years – including $600 million alone in the Austin area.
That Austin figure encompasses about 700 different improvements, the Dallas-based telecommunications giant said Tuesday, such as boosts to LTE coverage.
“We’re investing to provide faster, more reliable, highly secure connectivity,” said Leslie Ward, AT&T’s vice president of legislative affairs. “We want customers to have internet access at any moment, from almost any device – anywhere. These continued investments bring Austin residents and businesses a host of new opportunities.”
AT&T says its LTE network in the U.S. covers approximately 400 million people.
The company says it intends to continue upgrading its network in 2017 and beyond. In Austin, AT&T recently made its new 5G Evolution network available to customers in select areas with Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus devices, giving them internet access that’s twice as fast as AT&T’s current 4G service.
“Our 5G Evolution in Austin gives our customers a taste of the future,” said David Christopher, chief marketing officer for AT&T Entertainment Group. “With 5G Evolution from AT&T you don’t have to wait to experience endless entertainment possibilities on the next generation network when you have the latest devices.”
By year’s end, AT&T expects to have 5G Evolution up and running in 20 U.S. cities, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Indianapolis, Ind.
Additional devices will be able to access 5G Evolution by late 2017, as well.
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