AT&T Invests Nearly $225 Million to Enhance Local Networks in New Mexico

Jerry Fuentes, president of AT&T Arizona and New Mexico

BUSINESS News:

ALBUQUERQUE—AT&T has invested nearly $225 million in its best-in-class wireless and wired networks in New Mexico between 2010 through 2013, driving a wide range of upgrades to enhance speed, reliability, coverage and performance for residents and business customers.

Advancing its Project Velocity IP (VIP), an investment plan to expand and enhance its wireless and wired IP broadband networks, AT&T in 2013 made 285 network upgrades in New Mexico, including new cell sites, addition of wireless network capacity, and new broadband network connections.

“New Mexico residents depend on our fast and reliable Internet connections more and more every day, whether it’s instant access to files and apps at work, watching a video at home, or even receiving updates from connected cars or home monitors,” said Jerry Fuentes, president of AT&T Arizona and New Mexico. “AT&T is making robust investments locally to make sure that residents can take full advantage of the latest services and tools, and that businesses have the speed they need to compete and grow.”

Notable New Mexico network enhancements in 2013 included launching AT&T’s 4G LTE network in Farmington, Gallup and Las Cruces, as well as expanding 4G LTE coverage in the Albuquerque area.

“Continued investment in fast and reliable Internet networks is critical for both quality of life and economic growth in New Mexico,” said Debra Inman, vice president, Albuquerque Economic Development.  “Enhanced wireless connectivity is an important benefit for residents.”

AT&T provides more than 280 million Americans with 4G LTE service. 4G LTE deployment is ahead of schedule; AT&T plans to be substantially complete with deployment by the summer of 2014.

AT&T operates the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network** including more than 32,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers, and provides access to more than 529,000 hotspots globally through roaming agreements. Most AT&T smartphone customers get access to its entire national Wi-Fi network at no additional cost, and Wi-Fi usage doesn’t count against customers’ monthly wireless data plans.

For more information about AT&T’s coverage in New Mexico or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. For updates on the AT&T wireless network, visit the AT&T network news page.

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