ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands, July 7, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — At AT&T1, we’ve invested nearly $20 million in our U.S. Virgin Islands wireless and wired networks during 2014-2016. These investments enhance 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.
In 2016, AT&T completed dozens of wireless network upgrades in the U.S. Virgin Islands, including:
- Added additional capacity to several cell sites on St. Thomas to enable the sites to handle more network traffic. The areas benefiting from the upgrades include Benner Hill, Red Hook, Heaven Sight, Pearson Gardens, and Crown Mountain.
- Upgraded all AT&T cell sites in USVI with additional bandwidth to provide faster data speeds for customers.
“We’re investing to provide faster, more reliable, highly secure connectivity for our customers in the U.S. Virgin Islands. These continued investments bring residents and businesses a host of new opportunities and help pave the path for 5G mobile services in the years ahead,” said Ray Flores, vice president of AT&T Puerto Rico & USVI.
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) recently chose AT&T to build a nationwide public safety broadband network. The network will be dedicated to America’s police, firefighters, EMS personnel and other first responders when they need it. Should USVI opt-in to the FirstNet network, we will build upon our current and planned investments with a dedicated focus on the state’s first responders.
We would expect to make a significant investment to upgrade and maintain the U.S. Virgin Islands’ FirstNet network over the next 25 years, bringing your first responders the coverage, value and experience they expect.
For the third year in a row, FORTUNE magazine recognized AT&T as the Most Admired Telecommunications Company in the world in 2017. We also placed No. 37 among the Top 50 World’s Most Admired companies.
AT&T is the only telecommunications company on the list. We ranked No. 1 in all 9 attributes. This included innovation, financial soundness and quality of products/services.
We have an extensive Wi-Fi network with more than 40,000 AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers. We also provide access to Wi-Fi at more than 1 million locations around the world. Most AT&T smartphone and home internet customers get access to the entire national AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spot network2 at no additional cost. Wi-Fi usage doesn’t count against customers’ monthly wireless data plans.
To learn more about our coverage in the U.S. Virgin Islands, or anywhere in the U.S., visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.
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2 Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See www.attwifi.com for details and locations
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