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We’ve heard you loud and clear.

Our customers want to download content faster, stream movies with amazing quality, stay connected with friends and family, and have greater control of their home – even when they are not there. This is why we’re making sure our network is the best for our customers and our community.

And, the proof is in the data – usage that is. In just the last 10 years (Jan. ’07 – Dec. ’16), we have seen the amount of data used on our mobile network increase about 250,000%. As streaming video online increases and new apps and services are introduced, this growth in data use will only continue to rise.

So, what’s the solution?

With this increased demand on our mobile network, we are implementing new and innovative ways to enhance our network and prepare for the future.

One of these solutions is the deployment of small cells.

Small cells will:

  • Help enable faster wireless Internet speeds.
  • Provide more and targeted network capacity for things like streaming music or videos.
  • Lay the foundation required to support the technologies of the future – such as 5G, smart cities and new developments in the Internet of Things (IoT).
  • Improve wireless experience in places where large cell towers are not the best solution.

Tell me more.

The size and flexibility of small cells helps AT&T target areas needing additional capacity in a way that is low profile and unobtrusive.

Depending on the need, small cells can be placed inside buildings or outdoors. When placed outdoors, they can be attached to existing utility poles, light poles, traffic lights or exterior walls of buildings. And indoors, small cells can be placed above ceiling tiles or attached to drop ceiling mounts.

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Small cells will allow us to provide a better mobile LTE experience today, while also allowing us to prepare for the technologies of the future — such as 5G, smart cities and new developments in the Internet of Things (IoT).

How do you determine if a small cell is the right solution for an area?

First, we look at network performance to see where additional capacity is needed to keep up with local demand.

Then, speed, cost, flexibility and scalability are all vital to determining if small cells are the right fit or if another solution would be better.

Local zoning and permitting conditions are always taken into account.

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(HINT. HINT.) Local officials and leaders can facilitate the deployment of small cells to bring their residents the benefits afforded by small cells by establishing streamlined and expeditious permitting processes, cost-based rates for using city streets and infrastructure and/or universal agreements with reasonable terms and conditions.

What do you need from me?

We’ve been working with state and local leaders in Virginia to come up with the best ways to give communities access to the wireless services they want and need – from smart cities solutions to education to healthcare to entertainment and much more.