MHTA — AT&T* recently announced that is has made 26 individual network updates to cell towers on its 4G LTE network in 25 southwest Minnesota communities.
The communities include Adrian, Belgrade, Brooten, Buffalo Lake, Ellendale, Fairfax, Fairmont, Glencoe, Granite Falls, Hutchinson, Jasper, Lafayette, Lake Lillian, Litchfield, Luverne, Madelia, Madison, Minneota, New London, Owatonna, Pennock, Raymond (2), Springfield, Willmar and Winthrop. The new and upgraded towers give customers faster, more reliable wireless service.
They also have up to a dozen more updates planned in southwest Minnesota by the end of the year, including in Mankato.
Additionally AT&T made 79 baseband network upgrades in 66 communities in southwest Minnesota. Baseband upgrades will help them reach faster network speeds and implement the next generation of wireless technology.
The communities include Adrian, Alpha, Appleton, Beaver Creek, Belgrade, Bellingham, Benson, Bird Island, Buffalo Lake, Canby, Chandler, Clara City, Clarkfield, Cold Spring, Comfrey, Cosmos, Cottonwood, Dassel, Fairfax, Glenwood (2), Granite Falls, Hancock, Hills, Hoffman, Holmes City, Hutchinson, Jackson, Jasper, Jeffers, Kensington, Kimball, Lake Benton, Lake Wilson, Lakefield, Litchfield (2), Luverne (2), Madison (2), Marshall (2), Melrose, Montevideo, Morris, Mountain Lake, New London, Ortonville, Paynesville, Pennock, Pipestone, Raymond (2), Redwood Falls (2), Regal, Rockville, Saint James, Sanborn, Slayton, Sleepy Eye, South Haven, Spicer (3), Springfield, Tracy, Tyler, Vesta, Westbrook, Willmar (4), Windom, Winthrop and Worthington (2).
4G LTE lets customers stream videos, share on social media or text family and friends easier. AT&T is also boosting network speeds and capacity as they expand the availability of our network.
“We want our customers to have a great mobile experience. Thanks to this investment, southwest Minnesota residents and businesses can now enjoy faster mobile speeds than ever before on our 4G LTE network — which is the nation’s best data network”,” said Paul Weirtz, president of AT&T Minnesota. “We’re always working to provide better coverage. And these investments in our wireless network in southwest Minnesota helps accomplish that.”
“The AT&T investment in upgrades to its wireless network strengthens the connectedness that highlights our region as a competitive business and talent destination,” said Jonathan Zierdt,
President & CEO of Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. “Businesses and talent are continually seeking out the very best amenities, and AT&T’s investment strengthens our amenities portfolio.”
From 2014-2016, AT&T invested nearly $350 million in our Minnesota wireless and wired networks. These investments drive a wide range of upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for Minnesota consumers and businesses. They also enhance critical services that support public safety and first responders.
In 2016, they made 1,271 wireless network upgrades in 272 communities across Minnesota. This includes adding new cell sites and network capacity to existing cell sites. Continuing to expand their network in the area has given AT&T the most wireless coverage in Minnesota.
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**Claim based on the Nielsen Certified Data Network Score. Score includes data reported by wireless consumers in the Nielsen Mobile Insights survey, network measurements from Nielsen Mobile Performance and Nielsen Drive Test Benchmarks for Q1 + Q2 2017 across 121 markets.