The Edmond Sun

February 25, 2013

AT&T, GM announce OnStar wireless agreement


Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — AT&T, the leader in emerging devices and telematics services, Monday announced an agreement with OnStar, LLC, a subsidiary of General Motors Corporation, to wirelessly deliver an enhanced suite of safety, security, diagnostic and infotainment services to most Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles, beginning in 2014 in the United States and Canada.

The multi-year agreement calls for AT&T to enable millions of GM cars, trucks and crossovers with 4G LTE mobile Internet access, providing the latest wireless technology to power GM’s safety and security services offered by OnStar, as well as a new suite of infotainment services like streaming audio, web access, applications, and even video for backseat passengers. AT&T also will enable GM’s in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspots and voice calling services. These enhancements build on OnStar’s existing portfolio of connected services, first introduced in GM vehicles in 1996.

Contractual and financial details of the agreement are not being disclosed.

Meanwhile, AT&T invested more than $700 million in its Oklahoma wireless and wireline networks from 2010 through 2012, with a focus on expanding 4G LTE mobile Internet coverage and enhancing the overall performance of its networks, the company announced recently.

AT&T has made more than 750 wireless network upgrades in six key categories in Oklahoma during 2012, including activating new cell sites, adding capacity, upgrading cell sites to provide fast 4G LTE mobile Internet speeds, deploying high-capacity Ethernet connections to cell sites and adding or upgrading Distributed Antenna Systems, which boost wireless coverage and capacity in buildings and at major venues like convention halls or sports arenas.

“We know our customers depend on us for fast, reliable mobile Internet connections at home, work and everywhere in between,” said Steve Gray, AT&T vice president general manager. “Delivering for our Oklahoma customers is a top priority and our ongoing investment here is designed to deliver a superior mobile Internet experience, encompassing speed, coverage and reliability.”

AT&T launched 4G LTE in the Oklahoma City area in 2011 and in the Tulsa area in 2012.  

The AT&T 4G LTE network has been nationally recognized for its speed and coverage.

“Across Oklahoma, this robust investment in the AT&T wireless and wireline networks is important to spurring the economy and creating jobs.

In our wireless world, mobile and broadband networks help create economic opportunities for health care, manufacturing, education, transportation and public safety and virtually every other economic sector,” said Bryan Gonterman, president, AT&T Oklahoma.

AT&T recently launched Project Velocity IP (VIP), a three-year investment initiative to expand and enhance its wireless and wired IP broadband networks. As part of Project VIP, AT&T plans to increase the density of its wireless network by deploying more than 10,000 macro sites, more than 1,000 distributed antenna systems, and more than 40,000 small cells. Through this initiative, AT&T also plans to expand 4G LTE to cover more than 300 million people by year-end 2014, expand the AT&T wired IP broadband network to cover about 75 percent of customer locations in our wired service area by year-end 2015 and expand the AT&T fiber network to reach 1 million additional business locations by year-end 2015.

For more information about AT&T’s coverage in Oklahoma or anywhere in the U.S., consumers can visit the www.wireless.att.com/coverageviewer. Using the online tool, AT&T customers can measure coverage quality of coverage from a street address, intersection, ZIP code or even a landmark. For updates on the AT&T wireless network, visit www.att.com/gen/press-room the network news page.