AT&T Invests Nearly $1.8 Billion Over 3-Year Period to Enhance Local Networks in Missouri

At AT&T¹, we’ve invested nearly $1.8 billion in our Missouri 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 more than 2,000 wireless network upgrades in Missouri. These upgrades included new cell sites, the addition of network capacity, and new wireless high-speed Internet connections.

“We’re investing to provide fast, reliable, highly secure connectivity. We want customers to have access to their communications, data and entertainment from their devices when and where they want it,” said John Sondag, president, AT&T Missouri. “These continued investments bring Missouri residents and businesses a host of new opportunities.”

“AT&T’s network investment in Missouri is exactly what we need to help grow a thriving, prosperous state economy,” said Dan Mehan, president, Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “Missouri’s economic future depends on this essential infrastructure, which helps keep residents connected to vital resources and enables businesses to grow their operations and expand their workforce.”

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

  • More than 2,000 wireless network upgrades, including new cell sites, expanded capacity at existing cell sites.
  • Expansion of AT&T Fiber ultra-fast internet footprint, which now reaches nearly 125,000 living units in the Kansas City metro and more than 75,000 in the St. Louis metro.
  • Upgrades to the Distributed Antenna Systems at Busch Stadium in St. Louis and Faurot Field in Columbia.
  • Deployment of Cell on Wheels mobile cell towers for dozens of special events, including the Presidential Debate in St. Louis, St. Louis Mardi Gras, Kansas City’s Rockfest, the Missouri State Fair and Marian Days.

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 Missouri 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 Missouri’s 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 Missouri, 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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