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AT&T Mobility will likely be adding between 1,500 and 3,000 macro cell sites to its network per year for the next few years as part of a wide-ranging effort to beef up its network and improve coverage and capacity, according to a senior AT&T executive.

Bill Smith, president of AT&T network operations, said the carrier would be adding that many sites to its network per year "for the foreseeable future." That will likely happen in parallel with AT&T's deployment of new spectrum bands for LTE service, such as the 2.3 GHz WCS band or AWS-3 band, which the FCC will be auctioning later this year. However, the addition of new macro sites is just one element in AT&T's ongoing transformation of its wireless network, he said.

Speaking here in a keynote address at the PCIA wireless infrastructure conference, Smith said AT&T is also focusing on small cells and Dsitributed Antenna Systems as key elements of its network planning to improve inbuilding coverage and gain spectral efficiencies in cost-effective ways. AT&T has committed to deploying 40,000 small cells on its network by the end of 2015 and Smith said the carrier has already deployed both indoor and outdoor small cells in 30 states. Read the full article