DETROIT — AT&T Inc. announced it had invested more than $1.4 billion in its Michigan wireless and wired networks in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
The communications and data services provider said the investments drive a wide range of upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. They also improve critical services that support public safety and first responders.
In 2016, AT&T said it made nearly 1,000 wireless network upgrades in Michigan, including capacity upgrades on existing sites, DAS upgrades and new site builds.
The AT&T LTE network covers nearly 400 million people in North America. Notable Michigan network enhancements in 2016 included:
* Additional capacity on a Distributed Antenna System at Detroit Metro Airport
* Faster network at McLaren Northern Michigan Petoskey Campus
* Upgrades to dozens of northern Michigan and Upper Peninsula communities, including Sault St. Marie, Traverse City, Big Rapids, Ludington and Marquette
* Hundreds of updates in the Detroit area
* Nearly 60 network upgrades in the Flint and Ann Arbor areas
* More than 40 improvements in the Lansing and Grand Rapids areas
AT&T noted that for the third year in a row, Fortune magazine recognized AT&T as the Most Admired Telecommunications Company in the world in 2017. It also placed No. 37 among the Top 50 World’s Most Admired companies, the only telecommunications company on the list.
The company is also now marketing a gigabit connection at 4.6 million locations in 52 metropolitan areas, growing to 75 areas and two million more locations by the end of 2017. The company also has more than 40,000 Wi-Fi hotspots at restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers.