The state’s largest telecom provider unveiled part of its 2009 expansion plans in Arkansas, including 20 new cell sites, upgrades to its broadband network, and a continued rollout of its U-verse television service.
AT&T said it will add new cell sites and enhance service on existing cell sites in Hot Springs, Little Rock, Texarkana and northwest Arkansas. Additional new sites will be located on I-40 east of Little Rock and along the U.S. 65 corridor between Harrison and Conway.
The company’s wireless division also plans to launch its 3G network in Hot Springs and expand 3G service in Fayetteville and Fort Smith. AT&T plans to also implement enhancements to its 3G wireless network in Conway, Fayetteville, Fort Smith and Little Rock with the launch of additional wireless spectrum in the 850 MHz band.
AT&T will expand its cable-competitive TV service called U-verse. Buildout of the infrastructure and service has begun in Conway, Fort Smith, Barling, Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville, and Lowell this year. AT&T says it will expand the service to more homes in its central Arkansas markets, including Little Rock, North Little Rock, Benton, Cammack Village, Maumelle and Sherwood.
“Our ongoing investments in Arkansas will help us fulfill [our] vision while ensuring that our state has access to the advanced wireless broadband services that help drive economic growth,” said Ed Drilling, AT&T Arkansas president.
Company officials did not disclose the price tag for this year’s upgrades, but they did cite that capital investment in the state from 2006 to 2008 was nearly $525 million.