AT&T has been the most hated wireless carrier in America for the past few years.
The company isn't oblivious to that. They've been flying under-the-radar, making widespread improvements to their network.
The industry analysis firm Frost & Sullivan awarded AT&T its 2011 strategy award, praising the company for its network improvement strategy.
AT&T says it spent about  $20 billion last year, making 48,000 network enhancements across the US. That resulted in a 25% improvement in dropped-call performance on AT&T's 3G network, plus added capacity and faster speeds.
AT&T has been slower in rolling out its ultra-fast 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network than rival Verizon. Frost & Sullivan says AT&T may have the better idea in the long run.
AT&T's Project VIP will 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. They need additional people to do that.

AT&T plans to fill more than 500 job openings in Louisiana. More than 450  will be newly created jobs.
A Baton Rouge newspaper reports many of these positions are the result of AT&T's Project Velocity IP.  It's a three-year, multibillion-dollar investment plan to expand and enhance its national wireless and wired IP broadband networks nationwide.
We reported earlier this year that Metal Shark Boats in Jeanerette is adding 88 new jobs, and IBM is building a new facility in Baton Rouge, creating 800 new jobs, and Lafayette's Oil Center is rejuvenated. It looks like the future is bright in the Bayou State.