With more than 160 million wireless subscribers and big 5G aspirations, AT&T needs towers to distribute its network of communication and entertainment properties.
The telecom and American Tower Corporation Sept. 3 announced the signing of a new long-term agreement designed to streamline wireless network deployments on American Tower’s U.S. sites, enhancing AT&T’s deployment of 5G and other next generation technology across the U.S.
“This is essential for executing on both our 5G and FirstNet [public safety] network builds,” JR Wilson, VP of tower strategy and roaming, AT&T, said in a statement.
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The new agreement includes a focus on keeping up with booming mobile data usage while improving capacity and coverage across the entire country, especially in under-served rural areas.
“This agreement provides for an extended mutually rewarding strategic relationship, and we’re excited to help AT&T deliver the next generation of wireless technology to consumers, businesses and first responders quickly and efficiently,” added Steve Vondran, president of the U.S. Tower Division of American Tower Corp.