AT&T wants to cover 300m people with 4G LTE by the end of 2014. That’s a lot of high-speed cell phone coverage for AT&T customers. In all, AT&T is going to invest $14bn in network improvements over the next 3 years, with $8bn of that going into its wireless networks. With an increasing number of Android phones coming with 4G technology installed, this is great news.
AT&T is calling this new project Velocity IP (VIP). Another huge part of this project is getting consumers and businesses 4G connections when a broadband connection is impractical. This is definitely a big deal for AT&T customers, especially those in areas where wireline and wireless signals are less than stellar.
If you own a 4G Android phone on AT&T and you’re in an area that does not have 4G coverage, AT&T’s spending spree might be just what you need to get faster data on your device. AT&T originally intended to cover 250m people with 4G by the end of the year, and this new announcement expands that by 50m over the course of 12 months.
Much of this expansion comes from AT&T acquiring spectrum through more than 40 spectrum deals this year. Of course, some of those deals are still pending regulatory review. AT&T has plans to acquire more spectrum going forward, which will go a long way to improving 4G coverage and help them bring 4G to move people, which is certainly beneficial to Android owners.