NY is a real time laboratory for AT&T engineers. Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T, said the city has a high concentration of very sophisticated mobile data users. Stephenson, speaking at a breakfast sponsored by the Association for a Better New York earlier this week, said high traffic and the vertical geography of users living in apartment buildings translates into greater engineering challenges.
According to VentureBeat, AT&T has redesigned networks for hi-rise cities. Future networks will use Distributed Antenna systems, installed directly inside buildings for better connectivity. Using NY as a living example, the telecom is employing similar systems in China and India. AT&T plans to spend $14 billion building out its network over the next three years.