AT&T INVESTS MORE THAN $25 MILLION OVER THREE-YEAR PERIOD TO ENHANCE LOCAL NETWORK IN SANTA BARBARA AREA
Investment Expands Access to Nation’s Strongest 4G LTE Signal
SANTA BARBARA, CA, MARCH 31, 2015 — AT&T* has invested more than $25 million in its best-in-class wireless and wired networks in Santa Barbara between 2012 through 2014, driving a wide range of upgrades to enhance reliability, coverage, speed and performance for residents and business customers.
As part of its Velocity IP Plan (VIP), an investment plan focused on network enhancement and expansion, AT&T in 2014 made 24 wireless network upgrades in the Santa Barbara area, including new cell sites, addition of network capacity, and new wireless high-speed Internet connections.
“With a growing range of connected home appliances, cars and wearable devices, we depend more on network connectivity than ever before,” said Jace Barbin, AT&T Vice President and General Manager of Mobility, Greater Los Angeles area. “AT&T’s continued investment in Santa Barbara brings a host of new, innovative opportunities for residents and businesses to connect with each other and their customers.”
Notable Santa Barbara network enhancements in 2014 included:
· Launch of 4G LTE network in the Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta area
· Expansion of 4G LTE network throughout Santa Barbara area
AT&T provides the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network today, covering more than 300 million Americans with 4G LTE service.** AT&T’s network also has the nation’s strongest LTE signal.***
AT&T* was recently recognized by FORTUNE magazine as the Most Admired Telecommunications Company in the world in 2015. Additionally, FORTUNE ranked AT&T #47 among all companies in all industries in its list of the Top 50 Most Admired companies in the world. FORTUNE’s Most Admired Companies lists are among the most highly respected indicators of corporate performance and reputation.
AT&T operates an extensive Wi-Fi network including more than 34,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers, and provides access to more 1 million Hot Spots globally through roaming agreements. Most AT&T smartphone customers and U-verse customers get access to our entire national Wi-Fi network at no additional cost, and Wi-Fi usage doesn’t count against customers’ monthly wireless data plans.*****
If the AT&T-DirecTV merger is approved by regulators, the combined companies will have an opportunity to redefine the video entertainment industry by delivering content to consumers across multiple screens – mobile devices, TVs, laptops, the backseat displays of connected cars, and even airplanes. AT&T has also committed to expand and enhance its deployment of both wireline and fixed wireless high-speed Internet to cover at least 15 million customer locations across 48 states – most of them in underserved rural areas.
For more information about AT&T’s coverage in Santa Barbara or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page