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American Tower Advances Connectivity, Earns Industry Accolades in 2021

American Tower is celebrating one of its biggest years yet in expanding services for customers. Between completing strategic acquisitions, launching new sites and other initiatives that extend more connectivity offerings, plus earning top honors in prestigious industry awards, 2021 was filled with key milestones. While we are proud of each and every accomplishment that took place over the past year, the team is most honored to have advanced its mission of making reliable connectivity more accessible to enterprises across the U.S.

American Tower is not slowing down one bit in 2022. However, before we dive into the year ahead, lets quickly reflect on some of the key moments from the past year that have added services for our customers.

American Tower Data Center Acquisitions, Launches, and Expansions

American Tower customers gained access to more metro and regional data centers across the U.S. with two major acquisitions. In 2021, American Tower closed on the acquisition of CoreSite, which operates 25 data centers across eight U.S. markets. The combined talent and resources of American Tower and CoreSite will allow for better delivery of services and solutions to customers by pairing American Tower’s wireless connectivity at the edge with CoreSite’s interconnected data center facilities. Together, the two systems will create an extended edge that can support high-performance, low-latency applications.

American Tower also acquired DataSite last year, adding two data center locations in Atlanta, Georgia and Orlando, Florida. The acquisition provides our customers with access to DataSite’s facilities that strategically complement the American Tower Edge Data Center in Jacksonville and the American Tower Metro Data Center – Atlanta.

In addition to building our portfolio through data center acquisitions, American Tower also launched a new facility, extending vital connectivity to enterprises in a another part of the nation. The American Tower Edge Data Center in Pittsburgh began offering services in March. The facility features eight customer cabinets, 20 quarter-cabinet lockers, and three full cabinets.

American Tower firmly believes in ensuring customers utilizing our current facilities collocate in best-in-class data centers. In April, we announced the completion of a project to expand the American Tower Metro Data Center – Atlanta. The expansion brought nearly 20,000 square feet and two additional megawatts of capacity to the facility, providing additional opportunities for our customers to connect to their customers.

Launching the Channel

The debut of the American Tower Channel Partner program last year expanded connectivity to more enterprises across the country. At a time when demand for infrastructure at the edge is rapidly increasing, the Channel Partner program allows designated agents to extend the collocation capabilities of our six Edge Data Centers to customers. Since its launch, key agents, including Global Telecom Solutions and Shamrock Consulting, have joined the program.

An Awarding Year

Through efforts to maintain current facilities and bring new offerings to customers, our team has kept the level of service we provide in focus. Villa-Tech, a network, cloud, and big data services provider, began working with American Tower in 2021 to take its offerings to the edge. Their team compliments American Tower for putting service above all else.

“Working with major data center providers, sometimes the relationships are purely transactional. The fact that American Tower is B2B focused means a lot to Villa-Tech and our customers. We are small, so in order for us to compete, we need to offer white-glove service. American Tower shares the same white-glove perspective, so we go hand-in-hand, and it’s a tremendous value-add.”

— Miguel Villarreal, Principal, Villa-Tech

American Tower is also proud to have received additional recognitions in 2021:

  • Shortlisted for the Datacloud Global Awards, Regional – Americas, Excellence in Regional Data Centre Awards 2021, The Edge Award 2021
  • Named a finalist by FierceTelecom for its 2021 Fierce Innovation Awards in the Cloud Services category

The year ahead will be filled with much more activity to help us deliver reliable collocation and connectivity solutions, and we can't wait for what’s in store. With the DataSite and CoreSite acquisitions, American Tower can provide a truly comprehensive, end-to-end edge solution with cloud-enabled connectivity. As the relationships with our technology brokers mature, enterprises will surely receive exceptional support, in addition to top-notch connectivity services. We are excited to see the enterprise network industry migrate toward a hybrid network—and our growing, robust portfolio is optimally positioned to support this.

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