TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Local, state, and federal officials were all on hand Friday morning for a big announcement from the nation's second largest wireless carrier.
Thanks to major upgrade to its service here in Kansas, AT&T has extended its mobile internet coverage to 98% of the Sunflower State, the company said. It claims the expansion with greatly extend access for advanced mobile services, devices, and applications.
“Expansion of high-speed mobile broadband access across the state of Kansas is like building a bridge to the future,” Brownback said. “It will help connect the best of what Kansas has to offer to economic opportunities across the globe."
"It will encourage investment. It will help create jobs. And it will help ensure that Kansas has a quality of life and competitive business environment that is second to none,” he continued.
AT&T said it has built more than 30 new cell sites across the state and updated twice that number in eastern Kansas. Several more new sites and around 20 more upgrades are still on the way, it added.
“More and more Kansans rely on mobile connectivity, and the completion of these upgrades means many more Kansas residents have access to mobile broadband service,” said Steve Hahn, AT&T Kansas president.
The Kansas expansion is part of the company's Project Velocity IP (VIP) - a three-year plan to improve its IP broadband network. As part of their effort, they plan to add more than 10,000 macro cell sites nationwide by the end of 2015.