AT&T Invests Nearly $1.4 Billion Over 3-Year Period to Boost Local Networks in New Jersey
At AT&T1, we invested nearly $1.4 billion in our New Jersey wireless and wired networks during 2016-2018.
These investments boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. 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 more than 1,100 wireless network upgrades in New Jersey. These upgrades include new cell sites, addition of network capacity, and new wireless high-speed Internet connections.
Tom Bracken, president and CEO of the New Jersey Chamber, welcomed AT&T’s investment in the Garden State.
“We’re glad that AT&T continues to make a major difference in our state – whether it’s investing in their networks, contributing to community organizations, or driving innovation at AT&T Labs,” said Bracken. “We applaud and thank AT&T for their corporate leadership and we need to continue to work with companies like AT&T to advance public policy initiatives that will inspire other companies to invest in New Jersey.”
“We’re investing in our network to make business growth possible; keep our state competitive; and provide our residents and visitors with the tools to stay connected and entertained,” said Charlene Brown, president, AT&T New Jersey.
Brown added that AT&T is committed to working with state and local officials to develop policies that help speed up the installation of mobile broadband equipment called small cells. AT&T’s investment in this technology will further enhance local networks to meet growing demand for mobile broadband and serve as the foundation for services like 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), smart cities and more.
The AT&T LTE network covers more than 400 million people in North America. 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.
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 emergency.
Building upon our current and planned investments in New Jersey, 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 in Atlantic City, Hunterdon, Long Branch, New Brunswick, Ocean City, Trenton, Vineland and Millville. 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 in-building in more urban areas as compared to higher-MHz spectrum.
- New Jersey 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. 3
- 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.
About AT&T Communications
We help family, friends and neighbors connect in meaningful ways every day. From the first phone call 140+ years ago to mobile video streaming, we innovate to improve lives. We have the nation’s fastest wireless network.** And according to America’s biggest test, we have the nation’s best wireless network.*** We’re building FirstNet just for first responders and creating next-generation mobile 5G. With DIRECTV, DIRECTV NOW and WatchTV, we deliver entertainment people love to talk about. Our smart, highly secure solutions serve nearly 3 million global businesses – nearly all of the Fortune 1000. And worldwide, our spirit of service drives employees to give back to their communities. AT&T Communications is part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). Learn more at att.com/CommunicationsNews.
1 AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
2 Based on analysis by Ookla® of Speedtest Intelligence® data average download speeds for Q1 2019. Ookla trademarks used under license and reprinted with permission.
3Based on AT&T analysis of Ookla® Speedtest Intelligence® nationwide data average download speeds for Q1 2019. Ookla trademarks used under license and reprinted with permission.
**Based on analysis by Ookla® of Speedtest Intelligence® data average download speeds for Q1 2019.
***According to America’s biggest test as announced by Global Wireless Solutions last fall.