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AT&T Gains From Investment in El Paso

March 5, 2013

Paula Monarez Diaz, El Paso Times, Texas

AT&T has invested more than $70 million in its El Paso area wireless and wireline networks during the past two years, a spokeswoman for the company said. The investment seems to have paid off for the Dallas-based company.

AT&T wireless was recently ranked highest of networks in the El Paso area, according to an independent research firm, said Alejandra Arango, company spokeswoman.

RootMetrics, a research and testing organization based in Seattle, released a wireless network performance study for El Paso, naming AT&T the RootMetrics RootScore Award winner for its combination of call quality and mobile Internet speed.

The RootMetrics award is the result of nearly 15,500 wireless test calls, texts and mobile Internet transmissions conducted during November 2012.

"AT&T ranked the highest in El Paso for overall network performance, according to our research conducted in November 2012," said Bill Moore, RootMetrics CEO. "We tested call, data and text performance across the El Paso area, including over AT&T's 4G LTE network. As a result, AT&T won the RootScore Award for combined performance in the area."

AT&T launched 4G LTE in El Paso in November, and plans to expand its 4G LTE network to cover 300 million people by year-end 2014.

Arango said that most El Pasoans depend on mobile Internet connections for communication, entertainment and productivity at work, at home and everywhere in between, which is why the company has invested so much.

"We know the mobile Internet has become central to our customers' lives, and we're committed to driving both investment and innovation to deliver the best possible experience over the AT&T network," said Adam Vital, AT&T vice president general manager. "While third-party and internal testing shows that these investments are paying off with excellent service for El Paso customers, we are continually planning and deploying network enhancements to improve service in the future."

Some of the upgrades include activating new cell sites, adding capacity, upgrading cell sites to provide fast 4G LTE mobile Internet speeds, deploying high-capacity ethernet connections to cell sites, and adding or upgrading distributed antenna systems, which boost wireless coverage and capacity in buildings and at major venues such as convention halls or sports arenas.

"AT&T's investment in our communications infrastructure is helping to bring about rapid and exciting changes that support economic prosperity, enhance our communication with each other, and lay the groundwork for a 21st Century, information-based economy here in El Paso," said state Sen. Jose Rodriguez, D-El Paso. "The public and private sectors must continue to work together to bring about the next generation of technological infrastructure."

During the next three years, the company plans to expand 4G LTE to cover more than 300 million people by the end of 2014; expand the AT&T wired IP network to 57 million customer locations, covering 75 percent of customer locations in its wired service area by year-end 2015; and expand the AT&T fiber network to reach 1 million additional business locations by the end of 2015.

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Source: (c)2013 the El Paso Times (El Paso, Texas) Distributed by MCT Information Services

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