According to a recent press release..
AT&T* invested nearly $425 million in its Minnesota wireless and wireline networks from 2009 through 2011 with a focus on improving the company’s mobile broadband coverage and overall performance of its networks.
During 2011, AT&T made nearly 850 wireless network upgrades in four key categories in Minnesota. These enhancements include:
— Activating approximately 20 new cell sites or towers to improve network coverage.
— Deploying faster fiber-optic connections to nearly 225 cell sites. Combined with HSPA+ technology, these deployments enable 4G speeds**.
— Adding capacity or an extra layer of frequency to cell sites – like adding lanes to a highway – with the addition of nearly 325 of these layers, or “carriers”.
— Upgrading more than 275 cell sites to provide fast mobile broadband speeds.
Sounds good – but the middle schooler inside of me had to ask – what did the other guys get? The press releases have been trickling out for the last couple of weeks. I suspect the list isn’t finished but here’s a list of how Minnesota ranks with the pack so far. You can link through to an article of press release on the other states to get details on their improvements:
AT&T Invested around…
- $6.3 Billion in Texas
- $3.5 Billion in Illinois
- $2.8 Billion in Florida
- $2.3 Billion in Missouri
- $1.8 Billion in North Carolina
- $1.5 Billion in Washington State
- $1.4 Billion in Ohio
- $1.3 Billion in Alabama
- $1 Billion in Indiana
- $1 billion in its Wisconsin
- $950 Million is South Carolina
- $925 Million in Pennsylvania
- $750 Million in Virginia
- $650 Million in Alaska
- $625 Million in Maryland
- $600 Million in Kansas
- $500 Million in Arkansas
- $500 Million in Arizona
- **$425 Million in Minnesota
- $400 Million in Sacramento
- $275 Million is Puerto Rico
- $140 Million in Utah
- $125 Million in Iowa
- $120 Million in West Virginia
- $110 in New Mexico
- $50 million in Vermont
- $30 Million in North Dakota
- $13 million in US Virgin Islands