AT&T Invests More Than $775 Million Over 3-Year Period to Enhance Local Networks in Kansas

At AT&T, we’ve invested more than $775 million in our Kansas wireless and wired networks during 2014-2016. These investments drive a wide range of upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. They also improve critical services that support public safety and first responders.

In 2016, AT&T made nearly 630 wireless network upgrades in Kansas. These upgrades included new cell sites, the addition of network capacity, and new wireless high-speed Internet connections.

Following the passage of recent state legislation, AT&T will continue its investment in Kansas with additional upgrades.

"Last year, Gov. Brownback signed legislation that encourages companies to invest more in wireless infrastructure. Thanks to his support, and the hard work of the legislature and other Kansas leaders, we're now speeding our wireless buildout plans in Kansas with tens of millions of dollars dedicated to improving its mobile network," said Mike Scott, president, AT&T Kansas. "This investment will also pave the path to 5G mobile services in the years ahead."

“Access to technology is a key economic driver and can transform a small or new business helping it innovate and grow,” said state Sen. Rob Olson, chair of the Senate Utilities Committee. “AT&T’s network investments in Kansas help ensure that our state’s businesses and residents have the tools they need to stay connected and are well-positioned for future innovations.”

The AT&T LTE network covers nearly 400 million people in North America. Notable Kansas network enhancements in 2016 included:

  • Nearly 630 wireless network upgrades, including new cell sites and expanded capacity at existing cell sites.
  • Expansion of the AT&T Fiber ultra-fast internet footprint, which now reaches nearly 125,000 living units in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
  • Expansion of the Distributed Antenna System at the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence.

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) recently chose AT&T to build a nationwide public safety broadband network. The network will be dedicated to America’s police, firefighters, EMS personnel and other first responders when they need it. Should Kansas opt-in to the FirstNet network, we will build upon our current and planned investments with a dedicated focus on the state’s first responders.

And we would expect to make a significant investment to upgrade and maintain the Kansas FirstNet network over the next 25 years, bringing your first responders the coverage, value and experience they expect.

For the third year in a row, FORTUNE magazine recognized AT&T as the Most Admired Telecommunications Company in the world in 2017. We also No. 37 among the Top 50 World’s Most Admired companies.

AT&T is the only telecommunications company on the list. We ranked No. 1 in all 9 attributes. This included innovation, financial soundness and quality of products/services.

We continue to expand the scope of our ultra-fast internet powered by AT&T Fiber.

We have the largest fiber network within our 21-state wireline footprint.² We also now market a 1 gigabit connection³ on our 100% fiber network to 4.6 million locations across 52 major metro areas. We plan to reach at least 75 major metros overall. We expect to add 2 million locations in 2017, and we plan to reach at least 12.5 million locations by mid-2019.

We have an extensive Wi-Fi network with more than 40,000 AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers. And we provide access to Wi-Fi at more than 1 million locations around the world. Most AT&T smartphone and home internet customers get access to the entire national AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spot network4 at no additional cost. Wi-Fi usage doesn’t count against customers’ monthly wireless data plans.

To learn more about our coverage in Kansas, or anywhere in the U.S., visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.

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.
4 Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See www.attwifi.com for details and locations.

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*Claim based on the Nielsen Certified Data Network Score. Score includes data reported by wireless consumers in the Nielsen Mobile Insights survey, network measurements from Nielsen Mobile Performance and Nielsen Drive Test Benchmarks for Q3+Q4 2016 across 121 markets.

**Global coverage claim based on offering discounted voice and data roaming; LTE roaming; and voice roaming in more countries than any other U.S. based carrier. International service required. Coverage not available in all areas. Coverage may vary per country and be limited/restricted in some countries.

From FORTUNE Magazine, March 1, 2017. 2017 Time Inc. FORTUNE© and The World's Most Admired Companies® are registered trademarks of Time Inc. and are used under License. FORTUNE and Time Inc. are not affiliated with, and do not endorse products or services of, AT&T.

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