AT&T Invested Nearly $250 Million In Twin Cities Area From 2010 Through 2012 To Enhance Speeds, Reliability And Performance For Customers

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Expanded 4G LTE Coverage, New Cell Sites and Boosted Capacity Drive Improved
Customer Experience
TWIN CITIES, Minn.,  March 20, 2013  /PRNewswire/ --  AT&T* invested nearly 
$250 million  in its  Twin Cities-area wireless and wireline networks from 2010
through 2012, with a focus on expanding 4G LTE mobile Internet coverage and
enhancing the overall performance of its networks.**  


People in  the Twin Cities  increasingly depend on mobile Internet connections
for communication, entertainment and productivity at work, at home and
everywhere in between. AT&T's continued investment is designed to deliver the
highest levels of service, with network enhancements driving improvements in key
areas of the mobile Internet experience: 4G speed, broad coverage and network

AT&T's significant investment over the past three years is delivering customers
a stronger network performance:

* The AT&T network kept 99 percent of all  Twin Cities-area wireless calls
connected in the fourth quarter of 2012 (October through December).

"We know the mobile Internet has become central to our customers' lives, and
we're committed to driving both investment and innovation to deliver the best
possible experience over the AT&T network," said  Hardmon Williams, AT&T vice
president general manager for  Minnesota  and the Northern Plains. "While
third-party and internal testing shows that these investments are paying off
with excellent service for  Twin Cities  customers, we are continually planning
and deploying network enhancements to improve service in the future."

2012 Network Enhancements Deliver Faster Speeds, Broader Coverage to Customers

AT&T customers are benefitting from nearly 500 wireless network upgrades in six
key categories in  the Twin Cities  during 2012, including activating new cell
sites, adding capacity, upgrading cell sites to provide fast 4G LTE mobile
Internet speeds, deploying high-capacity Ethernet connections to cell sites, and
adding or upgrading Distributed Antenna Systems, which boost wireless coverage
and capacity in buildings and at major venues like convention halls or sports

AT&T launched 4G LTE in  the Twin Cities  area in November, 2012.  AT&T 4G LTE 
is the latest generation of wireless network technology and provides faster 
mobile Internet  speeds - up to 10 times faster than 3G**- and improved
performance on a variety of mobile smartphones and tablets.   

The AT&T 4G LTE network has been nationally recognized for its speed and
coverage. According to the independent mobile research firm RootMetrics, AT&T's
network delivered the fastest average 4G LTE speed of any major wireless carrier
in the second half of 2012. As well, AT&T 4G LTE delivered faster average
download speeds than any of the competitors in  PCWorld's  most recent 13-market
speed tests, and telecommunications industry analyst firm Frost and Sullivan
awarded AT&T its North American Mobile Network Strategy Award for the second
year in a row in 2012.

"One of the reasons  Minnesota  has become such a dynamic place to live, work,
and conduct business, can be attributed to a robust wireless broadband
infrastructure," said  Ruthe Batulis, President - Dakota County Regional Chamber
of Commerce.  "Mobile broadband communications is the lifeblood of many local
businesses and important to job creation and the growth of our state's economy. 
AT&T's continued investment in our state is a strong indicator that  Minnesota 
is open for business, and that companies can thrive and succeed in our state."

"Across the Twin Cities, this robust investment in the AT&T wireless and
wireline networks is important to spurring the economy and creating jobs. In our
wireless world, mobile and broadband networks create economic opportunities for
health care, manufacturing, education, transportation and public safety and
virtually every other economic sector," said  Paul Weirtz, President, AT&T

Planned Investment to Expand Reach of Wireless and Wired Broadband

AT&T recently launched Project Velocity IP (VIP), a three-year investment
initiative to expand and enhance its wireless and wired IP broadband networks.
As part of Project VIP, AT&T plans to increase the density of its wireless
network by deploying more than 10,000 macro sites, more than 1,000 distributed
antenna systems, and more than 40,000 small cells. Through this initiative, we
also plan to:

* Expand 4G LTE to cover more than 300 million people by year-end 2014  
* Expand the AT&T wired IP broadband network to cover approximately 75 percent
of customer locations in our wired service area by year-end 2015  
* Expand the AT&T fiber network to reach 1 million additional business locations
by year-end 2015

For more information about AT&T's coverage in  the Twin Cities, or anywhere in
the U.S., consumers can visit the  AT&T Coverage Viewer. Using the online tool,
AT&T customers can measure quality of coverage from a street address,
intersection, ZIP code or even a landmark. For updates on the AT&T wireless
network, please visit the  AT&T network news  page.

Performance rankings are derived using data sampling and analysis methods that
are subject to statistical variation. The results of the Report are not an
endorsement of AT&T by RootMetrics. Wireless network performance is subject to a
number of factors. Your experiences may vary. Visit  for
more details.

*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.
**Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. 4G speeds not available
everywhere. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Compatible device and data plan
required. Up to 10x claim compares 4G LTE download speeds to industry average 3G
download speeds. Learn more at   

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most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T
operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in  the United States 
and internationally. With a powerful array of network resources that includes
the nation's largest 4G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi,
high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile
Internet, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S.
carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries.  It
also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse®  and AT&T │DIRECTV
brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one
of the most advanced in the world.  

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