AT&T invested more than $2.8 billion in our Florida wireless and wired networks during 2014-2016. These investments drive a wide range of upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. They also improve critical services that support public safety and first responders.
Florida wireless and wired networks during 2014-2016. These investments drive a wide range of upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. They also improve critical services that support public safety and first responders.
In 2016, AT&T made 3,570 wireless network upgrades in Florida. The upgrades include 18 new cell sites, installation of new distributed antenna systems and additional network capacity to existing cell towers.
“For Florida to continue to thrive and serve residents, it’s crucial we have companies invest through thoughtful innovation,” said state Senator Travis Hutson.
“By investing in our state, AT&T is making business growth possible and is providing the most up to date technology for our first responders through technology like Next Generation 9-1-1 while keeping our residents connected and entertained.”
“The Advanced Wireless Infrastructure Deployment Act provides a state-wide uniform approach to the efficient deployment of wireless technology” said state Representative Mike La Rosa. “This legislation reduces unnecessary roadblocks that increase expenses associated with wireless deployment and will help speed up the availability of 5G technology.”
The AT&T LTE network covers nearly 400 million people in North America. Notable Florida network enhancements in 2016 include:
- Upgrading the Tampa area network in preparation for the College Football Playoff National Championship, including 8 distributed antenna systems throughout the Tampa Bay area.
- Activating a new outdoor distributed antenna system at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.
- Deploying mobile cell sites, or Cells on Wheels (COWs) to bolster service at several crowd-drawing events.
- The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) recently chose AT&T to build a nationwide public safety broadband network. The network will be dedicated to America’s police, firefighters, EMS personnel and other first responders when they need it. Should Florida opt-in to the FirstNet network, we will build upon our current and planned investments with a dedicated focus on the state’s first responders.