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Infographic: AT&T network investments shows it loves cowboys and hates grunge

Cowboy on a horse

AT&T has released a horde of press releases detailing the amount of cash it has dropped on network upgrades in states and on individual markets, across the 2014-2016 period.

The telco might be struggling in a battle with a ‘mystery’ bidder in its quest to acquire Straight Path Communications and its portfolio of  millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum, but that hasn’t stopped the telco from dropping some healthy investments across the US in the last couple of years. These investments cover a wide range of upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and business customers.

Although details on what it has spent recently were thin compared to previous years, we decided to collate all the data from previous announcements, so you can see how much the AT&T team like you and your home. Bear in mind this is a mix of investments from the 2013-15 as well as the 2014-16 figures which have just been announced. It isn’t the complete picture, but we can only work with what we’re given.

Texas is at the top of the list, which is perhaps understandable considering it is the second largest state by land mass and population, with $6.7 billion over the 2013-15 period, but it does appear some of the states are being slightly neglected. When you look at the table below, campaigns which promote broadband investments in the more rural areas might have a point…

Another interesting investment is in Atlanta. $3.15 billion is a huge amount considering it is only the 39th largest city in the country, with a population of just over 460,000.

AT&T has also outlined some ambitious aims in terms of one gigabit connections, as the team claims to currently serve 4.6 million locations across 52 major metro areas on a 100% fibre network, though the end goal is 75 major metros in total. It also plans to add two million locations in 2017,  before eventually reaching 12.5 million locations by mid-2019. AT&T might need to pry the wallet open a bit further to meet these targets.

Below: Top 10 States by and Top 5 cities/regions by investment

Note: Your correspondent is not from the US so forgive sloppy geography

ATT Investments

Investment in States
Period Investment ($: Millions)
Texas 2013-2015 6700
Georgia 2013-2015 5500
Illinois 2013-2015 3000
Florida 2014-2016 2800
Florida 2013-2015 2700
Indiana 2013-2015 2000
Missouri 2013-2015 1850
North Carolina 2013-2015 1650
New Jersey 2013-2015 1550
Ohio 2013-2015 1500
New York 2013-2015 1500
Washington 2013-2015 1400
Alabama 2013-2015 1200
Tennessee 2013-2015 1150
Louisiana 2013-2015 1000
Pennsylvania 2013-2015 900
Mississippi 2013-2015 875
Kansas 2013-2015 850
Oklahoma 2013-2015 825
Wisconsin 2013-2015 825
South Carolina 2013-2015 800
Virginia 2013-2015 800
Nevada 2013-2015 800
Mississippi 2014-2016 750
Kentucky 2014-2016 700
Virginia 2014-2016 625
Arkansas 2014-2016 550
Arkansas 2013-2015 550
Connecticut 2013-2015 525
Massachusetts 2013-2015 525
Arizona 2013-2015 500
Maryland 2013-2015 500
Maryland 2014-2016 450
Oregon 2013-2015 325
West Virginia 2013-2015 275
New Mexico 2014-2016 200
Alaska 2013-2015 175
New Mexico 2013-2015 175
Iowa 2013-2015 175
Hawaii 2013-2015 110
South Dakota 2013-2015 100
New Hampshire 2013-2015 100
Nebraska 2013-2015 90
Maine 2013-2015 80
North Dakota 2013-2015 70
Vermont 2013-2015 60
Delaware 2013-2015 60
Delaware 2014-2016 50
Rhode Island 2013-2015 40
Investment in specific regions
Period Total ($: Millions)
Atlanta 2013-2015 3150
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 2013-2015 2700
Los Angeles 2013-2015 2100
Houston 2013-2015 1350
St. Louis 2013-2015 1300
Seattle 2013-2015 1100
South Florida 2013-2015 900
Detroit 2013-2015 650
Philadelphia 2013-2015 475
Phoenix 2014-2016 425
Boston 2013-2015 400
Orlando 2014-2016 350
Phoenix 2013-2015 350
Minnesota 2013-2015 350
Orlando 2013-2015 350
Cleveland 2013-2015 325
Baltimore 2014-2016 275
Charlotte 2013-2015 275
Louisville 2014-2016 250
Washington DC 2014-2016 225
Raleigh/Cary 2013-2015 225
Minneapolis-St. Pau 2013-2015 175
Tampa Bay 2014-2016 130
Tampa Bay 2013-2015 120
Greensboro/High-Point 2013-2015 120
Pittsburgh 2013-2015 110
Durham/Chapel Hill 2013-2015 90
Albuquerque 2014-2016 80
Winston-Salem 2013-2015 60
Sante Fe 2014-2016 8.1

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