AT&T Invests More Than $325 Million Over 3-Year Period to Boost Local Networks in Minnesota

The latest news from AT&T…

At AT&T1, we’ve invested more than $325 million in our Minnesota wireless and wired networks during 2016-2018, including nearly $250 million in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. And from 2010 to 2018, AT&T invested more than $1.1 billion in our Minnesota networks. These investments boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses, and has given AT&T the most wireless coverage in Minnesota. We’ve also improved critical services that support Public
Safety and first responders using the FirstNet communications platform.
AT&T’s wireless network covers more than 99% of all Americans and has become the fastest wireless network in the nation, according to the first quarter 2019 results from tests taken with Speedtest® and analyzed by Ookla®.2
In 2018, AT&T made 1,339 wireless network upgrades in Minnesota. We added new cell sites, additional network capacity, enhanced back haul and small cells. By building out our 4G LTE network, we’re boosting network speeds and capacity, as we continue to expand the availability of our network and upgrade our technology.
In 2019 we will deploy our mobile 5G+ mmWave network in parts of Minneapolis. Some of our early customers using 5G delivered over millimeter wave spectrum, which we call 5G+, have experienced speeds in the range of 200-300 megabits per second – and even as high as 400 megabits per second.3

“We are proud of the significant investments we have made in our networks across Minnesota, including the upgrades we have made to prepare Minneapolis for the future of
next generation connectivity,” said Paul Weirtz, state president, AT&T Minnesota. “The investments we’re making not only keep our businesses and residents connected, but they help prepare us for the future of 5G and innovations like smarter cities, telemedicine and virtual reality.”
“For Minnesota to continue to thrive and attract new jobs and innovation, sustained investment by the private sector is crucial,” said Steve Cramer, president and CEO of the
Minneapolis Downtown Council and Downtown Improvement District. “By continuing to build state-of-the-art infrastructure in our state, AT&T is making business growth possible and making sure our residents have the tools to stay connected and entertained.”
Additionally, for the 5th consecutive year we’ve landed on Fortune magazine’s list of the “World’s Most Admired” companies. It’s also the 6th year in a row we’ve appeared on the Global Top 50 list – no other telecom company made the Top 50.

Transforming Public Safety Communications FirstNet is Public Safety’s dedicated, nationwide communications platform. It is for all first responders – career and volunteer, urban or rural. It’s bringing public safety
communications into the 21st century with new, innovative capabilities, helping first responders connect to the critical information they need – every day and in every
Building upon our current and planned investments in Minnesota, we continue to extend the reach and increase the capacity of the FirstNet communications platform:
– Deployed Band 14 spectrum in more than 600 markets nationwide, including Duluth, Moorhead, Rochester and St. Cloud. Band 14 is high-quality spectrum provided by
the First Responder Network Authority. Its signal covers larger geographic areas with less infrastructure to better support rural communities, and it can better reach inbuilding in more urban areas as compared to higher-MHz spectrum.
– Minnesota first responders enjoy the fastest overall experience on FirstNet, compared to any commercial network in the nation, thanks to the specialized
capabilities enabled by the physically separate and dedicated FirstNet network core, like always-on priority and preemption. 4
– Public safety agencies subscribed to FirstNet have 24/7 access to a nationwide fleet of 75 deployable network assets. These assets can either be deployed for planned
events or called upon in emergencies to help first responders stay connected and operate faster, safer and more effectively when lives are on the line.
FirstNet is built with AT&T in a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network
Authority – an independent agency within the federal government. This helps ensure that the FirstNet communications platform and service offerings meet the short- and long-term needs of the public safety community.
To learn more about our wireless coverage in Minnesota, 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.

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