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TMCNet:  AT&T makes over USD125m investment in Iowa from 2009 to 2011

[February 23, 2012]

AT&T makes over USD125m investment in Iowa from 2009 to 2011

Feb 23, 2012 (M2 EQUITYBITES via COMTEX) -- US communications holding company AT&T (NYSE:T) on Wednesday announced that it has invested over USD125m in its Iowa wireless and wireline networks from 2009 through 2011.

AT&T said that during 2011, it made nearly 400 wireless network upgrades in four key categories in Iowa. These enhancements include activating nearly 15 new cell sites or towers to improve network coverage and deploying faster fibre-optic connections to over 40 cell sites. Combined with HSPA+ technology, these deployments reportedly enable 4G speeds.

The enhancements also include adding capacity or an extra layer of frequency to cell sites , with the addition of nearly 140 of these layers, or 'carriers', and upgrading approximately 200 cell sites to provide fast mobile broadband speeds.

The company also plans to support the build or upgrade of thousands of cell sites nationwide to increase network speed, coverage and reliability for both mobile voice and broadband services. AT&T plans to install additional radio 'carriers' at thousands of cell sites nationally, enabling new layers of spectrum capacity to carry larger volumes of mobile broadband traffic.

Additional capacity helps support rising mobile data traffic volumes, which continue to increase at a rapid pace, AT&T said.

In addition, the company said that in 2012 it plans to double its 4G LTE coverage.

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