AT&T Invested Nearly $3.3 Billion In Illinois From 2010 Through 2012 To Enhance Speeds, Reliability And Performance For

   AT&T Invested Nearly $3.3 Billion In Illinois 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

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, March 20, 2013

CHICAGO, March 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --AT&T* invested nearly $3.3 billion in
its Illinois 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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AT&T has made nearly 950 wireless network upgrades in six key categories in
Illinois 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.

"We know our customers depend on us for fast, reliable mobile Internet
connections at home, work and everywhere in between. This robust investment in
the AT&T wireless and wireline networks in Illinois is important to our
customers and to the state's economy," said Paul La Schiazza President, AT&T
Illinois. "More private broadband investment means more jobs for Illinois."

"I strongly support broadband investment because it creates more jobs and
economic opportunities for people all over our state. Broadband innovation
provides real benefits to our citizens in education, health care and public
safety, in addition to creating jobs throughout our economy," said Gov. Pat
Quinn. "Broadband infrastructure fuels economic progress, and I will continue
leading the effort to attract additional broadband investment to strengthen
our state's economy and create more new jobs."

AT&T launched 4G LTE in the Chicago area in September, 2011, and expanded the
network footprint in 2012 to several Chicago South Side locations, including
many South suburbs, such as Hickory Hills, Palos Heights, Alsip, Country Club
Hills, Oak Lawn and Evergreen Park, among others. AT&T 4G LTE is the latest
generation of wireless network technology and provides faster mobile Internet
speeds 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. 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.

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 Illinois 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.

*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. 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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