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AT&T reveals new milestones in its 5G and fiber business

AT&T, which has invested more than $140 billion primarily in U.S. wireless and wireline networks during 2018–2022, has revealed new milestones in its 5G and fiber business. at&t 5g coverage and fiber business

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AT&T now covers more than 2.91 million square miles. That’s an increase of about 100,000 square miles in 2022, or like covering the entire United Kingdom. AT&T’s 5G network reaches 290 million people in nearly 24,000 cities and towns across the U.S.

AT&T has increased coverage by more than 40 percent on tribal lands during 2020–2022 thanks to public-private partnerships like FirstNet and those created through the American Rescue Plan, as well as its own investment initiatives. AT&T’s service is available in places like Cherokee Nation in Kenwood, Oklahoma where people previously had to drive more than 10 miles to get mobile cell service.

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As of the end of 2022, more than 150 million people could use the mid-band 5G spectrum. AT&T remains on target to cover more than 200 million people with mid-band 5G by the end of 2023. AT&T also doubled the number of venues and airports with AT&T 5G+ last year to bring super-fast speeds and increased connectivity to parts of more than 50 cities and nearly 70 venues and airports in the U.S.

FirstNet covers 99 percent+ of the U.S. population, covering more first responders than any network. Public safety on FirstNet has access to 250,000+ more square miles than competing commercial network offerings. AT&T also surpassed 99 percent+ of Band 14 coverage target with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority), delivering more dedicated connectivity to federal, state, tribal, territorial, urban and rural first responders.

In 2022, AT&T laid more than 60,000 miles of fiber in the U.S. alone. AT&T said fiber helps carry more than 594 petabytes of data traffic on an average day, up 23 percent year-over-year (or the equivalent of streaming nearly 40 million 2-hour-long movies in HD).

Currently, AT&T Fiber is available to more households than any other fiber internet service. AT&T has passed 24 million locations – including 4 million business locations – in 100+ U.S. metros – that’s on track to pass 30+ million locations by the end of 2025.

AT&T On Track to Pass 30 Million Fiber Locations by 2025, Including 5 Million Business Locations

“AT&T remains on track to pass 30 million-plus fiber locations by the end of 2025, including approximately 25 million consumer locations and 5 million business locations. The company ended 2022 with about 24 million fiber locations passed, including 4 million business locations. Of those, more than 22 million, including 3 million business locations, were sellable,” Jeff McElfresh, chief operating officer of AT&T, told investors last week.

Chris Sambar, Head of AT&T Network, said: “Society thrives on connection. Our people, resources and expertise are what’s making AT&T the best connectivity provider. These network milestones reinforce this, and we’ll continue to expand and fortify our infrastructure to give more communities – rural, urban and tribal – access to the connectivity we all rely on.”

“There has been historical underinvestment in broadband infrastructure on Tribal Nations. FirstNet, Built with AT&T is helping tackle this problem by making buildout for Tribal communities a priority,” Lynda Zambrano, Executive Director, National Tribal Emergency Management Council, said.

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