By Wade Cline and JH Daniel
AT&T invested more than $1.1 billion in the company’s Alabama wireless and wired networks during 2014–2016. These 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.
From 2014 to 2016, the telecommunications giant also stepped up its efforts to impact Alabama’s economic development while working to bring advanced technology across the state.
“Our continued investment in Alabama allows our over 5,400 AT&T Alabama employees to expand our fiber network and bring a host of new, innovative opportunities to our residents and businesses.”
– Fred McCallum, AT&T Alabama President
McCallum said that AT&T is currently marketing in 16 parts of the state, including rural areas and urban hubs, with plans to reach at least 75 major metros overall. The company also plans to add 2 million locations in 2017.
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey commended AT&T on their continued business growth and services to the state.
“I am continually working to attract and support companies which are committed to investing in Alabama by improving the quality of life for our people through innovation and expansion,” Ivey said.
” Announcements like AT&T’s confirm we are indeed steadying the ship of state and that Alabama is open for business.”
The company racks up about 1 million locations around the world in its portfolio of Wi-Fi networks, and the AT&T LTE network covers nearly 400 million people in North America. They also now market a one-gigabit connection on a 100% fiber network to 4.6 million locations across 52 major metro areas.
For the 3rd year in a row, AT&T has been recognized as the most admired telecommunications company in the world by Fortune magazine. They rank No. 37 among the Top 50 World’s Most Admired companies.
“AT&T is the only telecommunications company on the list,” McCallum said.”We ranked number 1 in all nine attributes. This included innovation, financial soundness and quality of products and services.”
In addition, the company has over 40K Wi-Fi hotspots, including restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers. AT&T holds the largest fiber network within their 21-state wireline footprint and plan to reach at least 12.5 million locations by mid-2019.