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AT&T spent $100M to add more cell sites, boost wireless network in Denver

AT&T spent $100M to add more cell sites, boost wireless network in Denver

 AT&T stepped up its investment in wireless networks in Denver last year, spending around $100 million in the metro area, the company said Thursday.

The company said in its annual investment report that it made 362 upgrades to its wireless network last year, which included new cell sites, improved network capacity and new antennas to boost coverage at Denver International Airport, Cherry Creek Mall and Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Since at least 2012, the company has made three-year investments of $300 million in Denver. Between 2013 to 2015, the company invested $300 million. During 2014 to 2016, it spent $325 million. That comes to about $100 million each year for the last several years.The investment may be paying off. In the latest round of mobile service and data tests, research firm RootMetrics announced a three-way tie between Sprint, Verizon and AT&T for overall mobile performance in Denver. All three had scores between 95.7 and 95.4 — out of 100. AT&T had previously landed in third place.

"Since our previous round of testing, AT&T’s rate of mobile-to-landline dropped calls improved from 1.6 percent to 0.2 percent,” according to RootMetrics’ first-half 2017 report.

But then again, all four major wireless networks are keeping pace with AT&T in the Denver area. T-Mobile was at 94.9.

AT&T said it also upgraded LTE capacity at Coors Field, Pepsi Center and Sports Authority Field. The company was also awarded the contract to help build the First Responder Network Authority, a national public-safety broadband network that will be used by police, firefighters and emergency personnel.

Across Colorado, AT&T spent $575 million in the past three years improving its wireless network throughout the state. That’s the same amount for the prior three years.

The 2016 investment included 683 wireless network upgrades and adding LTE capacity in Denver, Fort Collins, Boulder, Westminster, Colorado Springs, Peterson Air Force Base, Breckenridge, Steamboat Springs and Vail. Previously, the company spent $550 million between 2012 to 2014 on wireless upgrades in Colorado.

In Colorado, AT&T employs more than 3,600 employees, which includes workers from the company’s acquisition of DirecTV in 2015.

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