AT&T has implemented a Project Velocity IP (VIP) investment plan to improve reliability, coverage, speed and performance for South Carolina residential and business customers.
The VIP initiative supported 44 wireless network upgrades in the Columbia area, comprising nine new cell sites, six capacity upgrades and 29 new wireless high-speed Internet connections in 2014.
Highlights of the upgrades include the premiere of Digital Life, a home security and automation service; doubled LTE capacity in the University of South Carolina Football Stadium DAS; and the launch of high-definition voice, which uses an all IP-4G LTE network.
From 2012 to 2014, AT&T has invested more than $250 million in wireless and wired networks in Columbia .
“With a growing range of connected home appliances, cars and wearable devices, we depend more on network connectivity than ever before,” AT&T Regional Director of External Affairs Ted Creech said. “AT&T’s continued investment in Columbia brings a host of new, innovative opportunities for residents and businesses to connect with each other and their customers.”
AT&T’s network covers over 300 million Americans with 4G LTE service.
The company, recently recognized by Fortune magazine as the world’s most admired telecommunications company of 2015, is currently seeking a merger with DirecTV. If approved, the union could potentially redefine the video entertainment industry by delivering content through an exciting range of applications including mobile devices, TVs, laptops, vehicles and even airplanes.