AT&T Expands MN Network, Part of $19B Investment

Just two weeks after it announced plans to acquire T-Mobile USA, AT&T said it will expand its 4G network in Minnesota as part of a $19 billion companywide investment.

Dallas-based AT&T, Inc., is expanding its 4G network in the Twin Cities and other Minnesota areas as part of a nationwide investment of $19 billion.

The communications giant announced its expansion plans on Monday. Plans include installing enhanced backhaul connections to more than 300 cell sites, installing more than 10 new cell sites, improving 45 current cell sites, and upgrading networks at high-traffic venues.

The announcement comes just two weeks after the company said it has entered into an agreement to buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom AG in a cash-and-stock transaction valued at $39 billion.

The deal, which will make AT&T the largest wireless carrier in the United States, is subject to customary regulatory and closing conditions and is expected to close in about a year.

“Our recently announced agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA represents a great deal for customers and a major commitment to strengthen and expand our network,” Bob Bass, president of AT&T Minnesota, said in a statement. “In fact, this deal, if approved, means that we'll be able to expand the next generation of mobile broadband . . . from our current plan of 80 percent of the U.S. population to 95 percent.”

AT&T didn't disclose the price tag of its local expansion, but said that it has invested more than $190 million in its Twin Cities wireless and wireline network from 2008 through 2010 as part of its commitment to superior service in the area.