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AT&T will be adding 1,500 to 3,000 cell sites per year for the 'foreseeable future'

According to Bill Smith, president of AT&T network operations, AT&T will likely be adding between 1,500 and 3,000 macro cell sites to its network per year for the"foreseeable future" as part of an effort to improve its network and improve coverage and capacity. AT&T already plans on deploying spectrum bands for LTE service, which the FCC will be auctioning later this year.
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May 22, 2014
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According to Bill Smith, president of AT&T network operations, AT&T will likely be adding between 1,500 and 3,000 macro cell sites per year for the”foreseeable future” as part of an effort to improve network coverage and capacity. AT&T already plans on deploying spectrum bands for LTE service, which the FCC will be auctioning later this year.

Smith also gave additional details as to how AT&T will be dealing with increased data traffic in the upcoming future:

  • AT&T will deploy 40,000 small cells on its network by the end of 2015.
  • AT&T has already deployed both indoor and outdoor small cells in 30 states.
  • AT&T is using tower-mounted radio heads to prevent power loss to its antennas to boost signal strength.
  • AT&T will embrace carrier aggregation, which bonds together disparate bands of spectrum to allow for faster speeds.
  • AT&T is going forward with its User-Defined Network Cloud initiative.

Just last year, AT&T agreed to sell or lease close to 10,000 towers to Crown Castle International for $4.85 billion. AT&T generates roughly $326 million in annual revenue from other companies who pay to lease space on their towers, according to JPMorgan research analyst Phil Cusick.

Let’s just hope AT&T actually informs local neighborhoods before they put these towers up:

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