At AT&T1, we've invested more than $1.3 billion in our Ohio 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.
In 2017, AT&T made more than 1,300 wireless network upgrades in Ohio. We added new cell sites, additional network capacity, and new wireless high-speed internet connections.
Following the passage of Substitute House Bill 478, AT&T will continue its investment in Ohio with additional upgrades.
"Governor Kasich has signed legislation that encourages companies to invest more in wireless infrastructure. We're now speeding our wireless build out plans in Ohio with tens of millions of dollars dedicated to improving our mobile network," said Adam Grzybicki, president of AT&T Ohio. "This investment will also pave the path to 5G mobile services in the years ahead."
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 Ohio 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 service to nearly 250,000 customer locations in the Ohio area.
We have the largest fiber network within our 21-state wireline footprint.1 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 connection2 on our 100% fiber network to 9 million locations across 71 major metro areas. We plan to reach at least 14 million locations across at least 84 metro areas by mid-2019 for consumers.3
1 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.
2 Based on publicly available data for the top fiber providers in the AT&T operating footprint.
3 Actual customer speeds may vary. Download speeds are typically up to 940Mbps due to overhead capacity reserved to deliver the data.
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