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AT&T to Spend $14B on Network Expansion



Expansion Of Network

AT&T is pushing forward with expansion plans, today announcing a three-year upgrade – dubbed Project Velocity IP (VIP) – to its wireless and wired networks.

The service provider will spend $14 billion over the next three years – $8 billion for wireless and $6 billion for wireline – in an effort to significantly expand and enhance its networks, as well as support new mobile, app, and cloud services.

“This is a major commitment to invest in 21st Century communications infrastructure for the United States and bring high-speed Internet connectivity […] to millions more Americans,” AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said in a statement.

Frequency Of Network

On the wireless front, Project VIP will expand AT&T’s 4G LTE network to cover 300 million people in the U.S. by the end of the 2014. The company also plans to buy more spectrum for a total of 118Mhz nationwide and push for the FCC to release more. AT&T also pledged to deploy small cell tech, macro cells, and more distributed antenna systems to boost the performance of its existing network.

For wireline, AT&T will expand its U-verse TV, Internet, and voice service by about one-third, or 85 million customer locations, by the end of 2015. Its high-speed Internet and VoIP IPDSLAM service will also expand to 24 million customer locations by the end of next year. A speed boost is also in the works – 75 Mbps for U-verse and 45 Mbps for IPDSLAM.

In areas where it’s too pricey to build out its wireline network, AT&T said it will tap into its 4G LTE service for voice and high-speed Internet service. Meanwhile, Project VIP is expected to push fiber deployment to reach 1 million additional business customer locations.

“We are very confident in our ability to execute this plan,” Stephenson said. “These are things we’ve done before — logical extensions of proven technologies and already successful businesses.”

[ Source :- Pcmag ]


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