AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) has been investing heavily in the improvement of some of their critical services that support the public safety and first responders. The telecommunications company says it spent close to $110 million with its El Paso wireless and wired networks between 2014 and 2016. However, the investment was worth it for purposes of enhancing reliability, coverage, and speed. Of importance too was building up an overall performance of its networks, which are in use by millions of residents and businesses.
The investment brings on board a host of new opportunities
North America is a home to nearly 400 million people and a majority of them are covered by the AT&T LTE network. In Texas alone, the carrier invested nearly $6.8 billion having made 78 wireless network upgrades in the El Paso area.
The investment, which was no mean feat, seems to have opened several other opportunities for AT&T. For example, it was chosen by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) to help in building a nationwide public safety broadband network. This will come in handy for EMS personnel, the America’s police as well as the firefighters.
AT&T brings connection to millions of people around the globe
The company’s extensive Wi-Fi network accommodates more than 40,000 Wi-Fi hotspots, which are in various locations. The AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spot network is also accessible from more than 1 million locations around the world and it expects to roll out in another 2 million locations before the end of 2017. Its goal is to have at least 12.5 million locations connected by mid-2019.
AT&T North Texas’ VP and general manager, Lisa Luff clarifies, “We’re investing to provide faster, more reliable, highly secure connectivity. We want customers to have internet access at any moment, from almost any device—anywhere.”
The company has been making big milestones in the recent past given that it has the leading fiber network within its 21-state wireline footprint. AT&T’s ultra-fast internet service, which is powered by AT&T Fiber covers close to 25,000 customer locations. The biggest of the news is that it has been ranked position 1 in various attributes, which include financial soundness, innovation, and quality of services.
In the meantime, AT&T’s stock was trading at $38.22 after a fall of $0.35 or 0.91%.