AT&T Boosts Network Speeds for Rio Rancho

4G LTE Expansion Will Give AT&T Customers and FirstNet Subscribers Better Access to Mobile Internet and Capabilities

AT&T customers and FirstNet subscribers in Rio Rancho got a big boost in wireless connectivity. We’ve added a new cell tower, built near the intersection of Southern Boulevard NE and Rainbow Boulevard SE, to enhance the area’s 4G LTE coverage and help give residents and first responders faster, more reliable wireless service. Our investment will help customers get the most out of their mobile devices.

“We consistently invest in our network to give our customers the connection and reliability they need to stay connected,” said Terry Stenzel, vice president and general manager, AT&T Southwest. “We’re proud to announce that the Rio Rancho community, as well as its first responders, can benefit from these investments with the addition of this new tower.”

We know how important it is for our customers to stay connected. That’s why we’re also boosting network reliability and capacity as we expand our network. This helps New Mexico residents get the best possible experience over the AT&T network wherever they live, work and play.

These upgrades will benefit first responders and those critical to their emergency response on FirstNet – public safety’s dedicated, nationwide communications platform. FirstNet is bringing public safety communications into the 21st century to help first responders stay safe and save lives.

This new tower also brings FirstNet Band 14 spectrum to the area. Band 14 is nationwide, high-quality spectrum set aside by the government specifically for FirstNet. Its signal covers larger geographic areas with less infrastructure to better support rural communities, and it can better reach in-building in more urban areas as compared to higher-MHz spectrum. When not in use by FirstNet subscribers, AT&T customers can enjoy Band 14’s added coverage and capacity.

FirstNet is being built with AT&T in a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority. It’s designed to strengthen and modernize public safety communications to help first responders in New Mexico and across the country connect to the critical information they need – when they need it. For more on FirstNet, check out

AT&T invested nearly $200 million in our New Mexico wireless and wired networks during 2016-2018. These investments boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents, businesses and first responders.

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