AT&T reported today that the company invested more than $800 million in its South Carolina 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.

“Private investment in our state’s information infrastructure helps create jobs, drive economic growth and expand educational opportunities,” Gov. Nikki Haley said.

The telecommunications giant made nearly 1,250 wireless network upgrades in six key categories in South Carolina 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.

“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 Pamela Lackey, president of AT&T South Carolina.

AT&T launched 4G LTE in Charleston, Columbia and Greenville in November. AT&T 4G LTE is the latest generation of wireless network technology and provides faster mobile internet speeds and improved performance on a variety of mobile smartphones and tablets.

The company recently launched Project Velocity IP or VIP, a three-year investment initiative to expand and enhance its wireless and wired internet provider 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, the company plans to expand 4G LTE to cover more than 300 million people by late 2014, expand the AT&T wired IP broadband network to cover approximately 75 percent of customer locations in our wired service area by late 2015 and expand the AT&T fiber network to reach 1 million additional business locations by late 2015.