AT&T just issued tons of press releases announcing their investments in their network this year.
AT&T just filled up the press-release pipeline with almost 30 announcements. Each press release describes the network investments AT&T made for certain regions across the United States. AT&T made the biggest investment in California with $1.1 billion in the first six months of this year. $425 million of that went into wireless.
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AT&T clearly wants to show how much they care about their network and how much the invest in it to fend of the bad PR it is getting over the iPhone call drops.
AT&T customers are seeing the results of this investment with faster mobile broadband speeds and strong reliability, according to the latest round of comprehensive drive testing by Global Wireless Solutions Inc. (GWS). This GWS testing showed that AT&T maintained the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, connected more than 98 percent of calls on the first attempt, and carried 98.65 percent of calls to completion, a difference of less than one call out of 1,000 from the only higher-scoring provider.
Overall, AT&T plans to invest $18-$19 billion this year, assuming the regulatory environment remains favorable. That's about 10 percent more than the company invested last year, despite the tough economic times.
Well maybe by the time the Verizon iPhone is here, it might be better to actually stay with AT&T.