AT&T touts $1.6 billion investment in NC between 2012 and 2014

AT&T said Tuesday that it invested $1.6 billion between 2012 and 2014 in its wireless and wired networks throughout North Carolina, including upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and performance results for its customers.

In that time, the tech company also said it has added almost 9,500 new customer locations in Charlotte, Gastonia and Rock Hill.

Plans are also underway, AT&T has said, to deliver its 1-gigabit, high-speed Internet service to another 11 markets across the U.S. including Charlotte and Greensboro, though the company has not laid out a timetable.

AT&T started rolling out “GigaPower” in parts of the Triangle area in late 2014, including Raleigh and Chapel Hill. The company said the speed is about 20 times faster than conventional Internet speeds and can let users download 25 songs in less than a second.

“Strong private investment in state-of-the-art communications provides the technological foundation for North Carolina’s continued economic growth,” Chris Chung, CEO of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, said in a statement.

AT&T also recently completed its acquisition of Alltel in North Carolina – switching all former Alltel customers to AT&T – after having bought the company’s operations in September 2013.

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