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AT&T announces USD1.2bn investment in network upgrades in Metro New York in 2011.

M2 EQUITYBITES-March 28, 2012-AT&T announces USD1.2bn investment in network upgrades in Metro New York in 2011(C)2012 M2 COMMUNICATIONS

US communications holding company AT&T (NYSE:T) reported on Tuesday that it has made nearly a USD1.2bn investment in wireless and wireline network upgrades in the New York metro area in 2011, improving wireless network speeds and reliability.

The company said that it had made over 5,100 wireless network upgrades in four key categories in the New York metro area in 2011. These enhancements include deploying faster and more reliable fibre-optic connections to over 2,250 cell sites; adding capacity with the addition of an extra layer of spectrum, or 'carriers' to over 2,800 cell sites; upgrading nearly 40 cell sites to provide fast mobile Internet speeds and activating nearly 25 new cell sites or towers to improve network coverage

Also, the company announced that it is reallocating spectrum from the older, lesser-used 2G network in the New York metro area to help add capacity to the 3G network. As a part of this plan, AT&T is stepping up efforts to encourage 2G customers to move over to its newer, high speed broadband networks, including proactively contacting select customers who use 2G devices in the areas where the spectrum is being reallocated with an offer to upgrade to a free 3G device.

AT&T said that this solution to reallocate spectrum is one way the company is helping address the looming spectrum crunch, an issue facing the entire wireless industry. AT&T's mobile Internet traffic reportedly doubled nationally from 2010 to 2011 and has increased 20,000% over the past five years.

In addition, early this year AT&T also turned on 4G LTE in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and areas of Jersey City, which is capable of delivering mobile Internet speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G.

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