AT&T Inc. reported that it invested nearly $100 million in its Wisconsin wireless and wired networks in the first half of 2012.
Network upgrades include activation of new cell sites or towers to improve network coverage, deploying faster connections to enable 4G speeds, and adding spectrum capacity to support additional traffic.
First-half upgrade highlights include:
* New cell sites in Minocqua and Shiocton.
* New Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) at West Towne (Madison), Mayfair (Milwaukee) and Brookfield Square malls, Miller Park and General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee.
* Expansion of mobile Internet service in Manitowoc, Aniwa, Cecil, Gillet, Marion, Tigerton, Pulaski and Shawano.
* Added capacity around the Wisconsin State Fair to bolster coverage for guests.
In addition, capacity was also added to 52 cell sites in the Milwaukee area since January 2012.
AT&T network upgrades in Wisconsin also include deployment of new Wi-Fi hot spots and backbone network connections.
“We’re working to build a 4G network that’s smarter and better to provide our customers with a superior mobile Internet experience,” said AT&T Wisconsin state president Scott VanderSanden. “The ongoing investment we’re making across Wisconsin is designed to increase 4G coverage, reliability and speed. We also continue to invest in technologies like Wi-Fi and DAS to help provide customers with the best connections when they want it, whatever they’re doing.”