AT&T pumps millions into Illinois U-verse expansion

Michelle Clancy | 12-08-2013

In the first half of 2013, AT&T invested nearly $625 million in its wireless and wired networks in Illinois, as a part of AT&T's Project Velocity IP, a three-year investment plan announced last fall to expand and enhance its IP broadband networks and U-verse strategy.

Mobile is part of the equation as well: the investments included deployment of new macro cell sites, small cells and distributed antenna systems across the state, along with expansion of 4G LTE and new Wi-Fi hot spots. The idea is to offer TV and broadband anywhere, extensive HD channels, competitive Internet speeds and flexible bundles.

"AT&T's network investment supports Illinois' economic health and our residents' ability to succeed at work and at home," Illinois Governor Pat Quinn said. "The expansion of 4G mobile Internet access helps to ensure that people across the state have greater access to the latest mobile services and applications."

As part of Project VIP, AT&T also deployed advanced wired IP broadband connections for consumers, including AT&T U-verse services for nearly 32,250 customer locations in Illinois, in just the first six months of 2013. Project Velocity IP is also spurring the deployment of advanced fibre optic connections to thousands of Illinois businesses. In the first six months of 2013, nearly 6,100 additional business customer locations in Illinois, located in 125 multi-tenant office buildings across the state, were connected.

"Fast, reliable connectivity is essential to both quality of life and competitiveness at work," said AT&T Illinois president Paul La Schiazza. "No one understands that better than we do, and no one is doing more than AT&T to mobilise a world that works for people in Illinois. With initiatives like Project Velocity IP, we're working to ensure that Illinois consumers and businesses remain at the leading edge of broadband services."

The 2013 year-to-date network investment builds on the more than $3.25 billion that AT&T has invested in its Illinois wireless and wired networks from 2010 through 2012.