DETROIT — AT&T Inc. announced Friday that it had invested more than $1.7 billion in its wireless and wired networks in Michigan from 2012 through the end of 2014, improving reliability, coverage and speed.
As part of its Project Velocity IP (VIP), AT&T in 2014 made 513 wireless network upgrades in Michigan, including 34 new cell sites and the addition of 49 capacity additions. There were also 38 new mobile Internet network connections and 392 new wireless high-speed Internet network connections.
“With a growing range of connected home appliances, cars and wearable devices, we depend more on network connectivity than ever before,” said Jim Murray, president, AT&T Michigan. “AT&T’s continued investment in Michigan brings a host of new, innovative opportunities for residents and businesses to connect with each other and their customers.”
Notable Michigan network enhancements in 2014 included new site builds in 34 communities. Included were Grosse Pointe Woods, Lansing, St. Clair, Angola, Ypsilanti and Allendale. AT&T also added or expanded 4G LTE in several communities including Alpena, Battle Creek, Bad Axe, Flint, Birch Run and Big Rapids. Capacity upgrades were made throughout Detroit, Ann Arbor, Troy, Muskegon and Niles, as well other areas. And mobile Internet is now available in more areas including Marquette, with enhanced coverage on the Northern Michigan University campus.
During 2014, several markets in Michigan were added to AT&T’s extensive LTE network, including Traverse City, Sault Ste. Marie, Midland, Petoskey, Jackson, Escanaba and Cadillac.
For more information about AT&T’s coverage in Michigan or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer at http://www.att.com/maps/wireless-coverage.html.