Wireless Industry News

AT&T Mobility’s 4G network is nationwide, but the deployment and maintenance of that network happens state by state and even city by city. Unlike Verizon Wireless, which assigns a network manager to each part of the country, AT&T contracts with wireless infrastructure specialists to build and upgrade its network.

These contractors are known in the industry as “turf vendors” because they have responsibility for different geographic regions. Some are multinational construction giants like Bechtel and Black & Veatch, while others are regional firms dedicated to telecom and wireless. AT&T’s “Turf 2.0″ contracts were awarded in 2011, but since that time the carrier has added new contractors.

“We’re pleased with our turf vendor program, which we believe redefined our industry and is best in class. While our vendors are generally known, we keep program details private for competitive and other reasons,” said AT&T in a statement. Read the full article