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Company reports spending $350 million on wireless, wired systems

AT&T says it spent $350 million in Akron-area improvements

By Jim Mackinnon
Beacon Journal business writer

AT&T said it spent more than a third of a billion dollars from 2011 to 2013 to improve its wireless and wired networks in the immediate Akron area.

The nearly $350 million the company reported spending included 19 network upgrades in the Akron area in 2013.

The company said in a statement that it spent $1.6 billion for all of Ohio over the same time period.

The statement said its Ohio-wide investments included new macro cell sites, small cells and what are called distributed antenna systems. AT&T said the investments were part of what it calls Project Velocity IP, a multiyear plan to improve broadband networks.

The company’s 4G LTE network was improved and it said it added new Wi-Fi hot spots.

The investment also brought new Internet and video services to 6,000 new customer locations and fiber optic connections to 124 businesses in business parks and multitenant buildings.

The upgrades were aimed at enhancing speed, reliability, coverage and performance, AT&T said.

AT&T has about 7,000 employees throughout Ohio and said it hired more than 930 last year.

The company’s jobs website, http://connect.att.jobs/Ohio, listed 89 open full- and part-time positions as of Thursday.

Jim Mackinnon can be reached at 330-996-3544 or jmackinnon@thebeaconjournal.com



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