AT&T Invested Nearly $250 Million In Twin Cities Area From 2010 Through 2012 To Enhance Speeds, Reliability And Performance For

 AT&T Invested Nearly $250 Million In Twin Cities Area From 2010 Through 2012
         To Enhance Speeds, Reliability And Performance For Customers

Expanded 4G LTE Coverage, New Cell Sites and Boosted Capacity Drive Improved
Customer Experience

Investment Spurs Improvement: 99 Percent of All Twin Cities-Area Wireless
Calls Stayed Connected in the 4th Quarter of 2012

PR Newswire

TWIN CITIES, Minn., March 20, 2013

TWIN CITIES, Minn., March 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* invested nearly $250
million in its Twin Cities-area wireless and wireline networks from 2010
through 2012, with a focus on expanding 4G LTE mobile Internet coverage and
enhancing the overall performance of its networks.**

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People in the Twin Cities increasingly depend on mobile Internet connections
for communication, entertainment and productivity at work, at home and
everywhere in between.AT&T's continued investment is designed to deliver the
highest levels of service, with network enhancements driving improvements in
key areas of the mobile Internet experience:4G speed, broad coverage and
network reliability.

AT&T's significant investment over the past three years is delivering
customers a stronger network performance:

  oThe AT&T network kept 99 percent of all Twin Cities-area wireless calls
    connected in the fourth quarter of 2012 (October through December).

"We know the mobile Internet has become central to our customers' lives, and
we're committed to driving both investment and innovation to deliver the best
possible experience over the AT&T network," said Hardmon Williams, AT&T vice
president general manager for Minnesota and the Northern Plains."While
third-party and internal testing shows that these investments are paying off
with excellent service for Twin Cities customers, we are continually planning
and deploying network enhancements to improve service in the future."

2012 Network Enhancements Deliver Faster Speeds, Broader Coverage to Customers

AT&T customers are benefitting from nearly 500 wireless network upgrades in
six key categories in the Twin Cities during 2012, including activating new
cell sites, adding capacity, upgrading cell sites to provide fast 4G LTE
mobile Internet speeds, deploying high-capacity Ethernet connections to cell
sites, and adding or upgrading Distributed Antenna Systems, which boost
wireless coverage and capacity in buildings and at major venues like
convention halls or sports arenas.

AT&T launched 4G LTE in the Twin Cities area in November, 2012. AT&T 4G LTE is
the latest generation of wireless network technology and provides faster
mobile Internet speeds — up to 10 times faster than 3G**— and improved
performance on a variety of mobile smartphones and tablets.

The AT&T 4G LTE network has been nationally recognized for its speed and
coverage. According to the independent mobile research firm RootMetrics®,
AT&T's network delivered the fastest average 4G LTE speed of any major
wireless carrier in the second half of 2012. As well, AT&T 4G LTE delivered
faster average download speeds than any of the competitors in PCWorld's most
recent 13-market speed tests, and telecommunications industry analyst firm
Frost and Sullivan awarded AT&T its North American Mobile Network Strategy
Award for the second year in a row in 2012.

"One of the reasons Minnesota has become such a dynamic place to live, work,
and conduct business, can be attributed to a robust wireless broadband
infrastructure," said Ruthe Batulis, President – Dakota County Regional
Chamber of Commerce. "Mobile broadband communications is the lifeblood of
many local businesses and important to job creation and the growth of our
state's economy. AT&T's continued investment in our state is a strong
indicator that Minnesota is open for business, and that companies can thrive
and succeed in our state."

"Across the Twin Cities, this robust investment in the AT&T wireless and
wireline networks is important to spurring the economy and creating jobs.In
our wireless world, mobile and broadband networks create economic
opportunities for health care, manufacturing, education, transportation and
public safety and virtually every other economic sector," said Paul Weirtz,
President, AT&T Minnesota.

Planned Investment to Expand Reach of Wireless and Wired Broadband

AT&T recently launched Project Velocity IP (VIP), a three-year investment
initiative to expand and enhance its wireless and wired IP broadband networks.
As part of Project VIP, AT&T plans to increase the density of its wireless
network by deploying more than 10,000 macro sites, more than 1,000 distributed
antenna systems, and more than 40,000 small cells. Through this initiative, we
also plan to:

  oExpand 4G LTE to cover more than 300 million people by year-end 2014
  oExpand the AT&T wired IP broadband network to cover approximately 75
    percent of customer locations in our wired service area by year-end 2015
  oExpand the AT&T fiber network to reach 1 million additional business
    locations by year-end 2015

For more information about AT&T's coverage in the Twin Cities, or anywhere in
the U.S., consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. Using the online tool,
AT&T customers can measure quality of coverage from a street address,
intersection, ZIP code or even a landmark. For updates on the AT&T wireless
network, please visit the AT&T network news page.

Performance rankings are derived using data sampling and analysis methods that
are subject to statistical variation. The results of the Report are not an
endorsement of AT&T by RootMetrics. Wireless network performance is subject to
a number of factors. Your experiences may vary. Visit www.rootmetrics.com for
more details.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and
affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
**Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. 4G speeds not available
everywhere. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Compatible device and data plan
required. Up to 10x claim compares4G LTE download speeds to industry average
3G download speeds. Learn more at att.com/network.

About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the
most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T
operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States
and internationally. With a powerful array of network resources that includes
the nation's largest 4G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless,
Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile
Internet, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S.
carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries.
It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse^® and AT&T │DIRECTV
brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is
one of the most advanced in the world.

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Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
Information set forth in this press release contains financial estimates and
other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties,
and actual results might differ materially. A discussion of factors that may
affect future results is contained in AT&T's filings with the Securities and
Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any obligation to update and revise
statements contained in this news release based on new information or
otherwise.

© 2013 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. 4G not available
everywhere. AT&T, the AT&T logo and all other marks contained herein are
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other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.
Results of 2012 LTE Report are © RootMetrics 2013.

SOURCE AT&T Inc.

Website: http://www.att.com
Contact: Alex Carey, AT&T Strategic Communications, +1-612-354-9516,
Alexander.carey@att.com
 
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