DETROIT (WWJ) — AT&T Inc. announced that it has fired up a 4G LTE network in the Benton Harbor, Niles and Buchanan areas of southwest lower Michigan, and the Cadillac and McBain areas of northwest Lower Michigan.
AT&T also announced the availability of its mobile Internet service in five northern Michigan counties. Improvements were added to cell sites in Marquette, near County Highway 550 and Bushy Creek Truck Trail; in Baraga, near M-28 and US-141; near Crystal Falls, at the intersection of US-2 and US-41; in Menominee near US-41 and 38th Avenue; and in Iosco County near M-55 and Sand Lake Road.
In the Cadillac area, the improvements were made to 15 cell sites in Wexford, Osceola and Missaukee counties.
The launch is part of AT&T’s Project Velocity IP, a three-year investment plan announced in fall of 2012 to expand and enhance its IP broadband networks. Through this investment, AT&T is supporting its customers’ growing desire for high-speed Internet access and new mobile, app and cloud-based services.
As part of Project VIP, AT&T plans to add macro cell sites nationwide by year-end 2015, as well as deploy small cells and add Distributed Antenna Systems to increase the density of its wireless network.
AT&T’s 4G LTE service was recognized as having faster average download and upload speeds than any of our competitors in PCWorld/TechHive’s most recent 20-market speed tests — the second consecutive year that AT&T has ranked first overall. PCWorld/TechHive also ranked AT&T’s as the fastest combination of 3G and 4G services in the 20 cities it tested.
And AT&T was named America’s fastest 4G LTE network in PC Magazine’s 2013 Fastest Mobile Networks 30-market study — and also swept the top rankings in all six U.S. regions from coast to coast: Northeast, Southeast, North-Central, South-Central, Northwest and Southwest.
From 2007 to 2012, AT&T invested more than $116 billion into its wireless and wireline networks across the country. Since 2007, AT&T has invested more capital into the U.S. economy than any other public company. In a September 2013 report, the Progressive Policy Institute ranked AT&T No. 1 on its list of U.S. “Investment Heroes.”