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AT&T investment tops $800M in S.C.

Staff Report
Published Feb. 27, 2013

AT&T reported it has invested more than $800 million in its South Carolina wireless and wireline networks from 2010 through 2012.

The investment included launching 4G LTE mobile Internet coverage in the Charleston, Columbia and Greenville markets in November 2012. The service provides faster mobile Internet speeds and improved performance on a variety of mobile smartphones and tablets.

AT&T said it also made 1,250 wireless network upgrades in South Carolina during 2012. Those upgrades included activating new cell sites, adding capacity, 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 like convention halls or sports arenas.

The investment is important to spurring the economy and creating jobs, said Pamela Lackey, president of AT&T South Carolina, headquartered in Columbia.

"In our wireless world, mobile and broadband networks help create economic opportunities for health care, manufacturing, education, transportation and public safety and virtually every other economic sector," Lackey said.

AT&T recently launched Project Velocity IP, a three-year investment initiative to expand and enhance its wireless and wired IP broadband networks.

As part of the project, AT&T plans to increase the density of its nationwide wireless network by deploying more than 10,000 macro sites, more than 1,000 distributed antenna systems and more than 40,000 small cells.