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4G LTE From AT&T Available in Baltimore on November 6

Customers to benefit from ultra-fast mobile broadband on new LTE compatible devices

Baltimore, Maryland, October 31, 2011

This Sunday, Nov. 6, AT&T* will turn on its 4G LTE network in Baltimore, bringing customers the latest generation of wireless network technology. AT&T 4G LTE provides several benefits, including:

Faster speeds. LTE technology is capable of delivering mobile broadband speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G. Customers can stream, download, upload and game faster than ever before.

  • Faster response time. LTE technology offers lower latency, or the processing time it takes to move data through a network, such as how long it takes to start downloading a webpage or file once you’ve sent the request. Lower latency helps to improve services like mobile gaming, two-way video calling and telemedicine.
  • More efficient use of spectrum. Wireless spectrum is a finite resource, and LTE uses spectrum more efficiently than 3G, creating more space to carry data traffic and services and to deliver a better network experience.
  • Cool new devices. AT&T offers several LTE-compatible devices, including new AT&T 4G LTE smartphones on sale Nov. 6.

“We continue to see demand for mobile broadband skyrocket, and our 4G LTE network in Baltimore responds to what customers want from their mobile experience — more, faster, on the best devices,” said Rob Forsyth, vice president and general manager for AT&T in the greater Washington/Baltimore area.

 4G LTE Devices

AT&T offers six 4G LTE-compatible devices:

AT&T’s 4G LTE Network

AT&T will continue to expand its 4G LTE footprint in Baltimore over the coming months. AT&T has already launched 4G LTE in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio, and will launch in four more markets on Nov. 6, including Athens, Ga., Baltimore, Boston, and Washington D.C. AT&T plans to offer 4G LTE in at least 15 markets total and to 70 million Americans by the end of 2011.

Even as AT&T’s 4G LTE network expands, customers will be able to enjoy more consistent 4G speeds as they move in and out of LTE areas. Not only is AT&T deploying 4G LTE, it has also deployed fast HSPA+ technology throughout its mobile broadband network. HSPA+, when combined with enhanced backhaul, provides customers with 4G speeds. Customers of competitors who have transitioned to LTE without further speed upgrades to their existing networks are likely to see a jarring drop-off in speeds when they move out of LTE areas.

AT&T plans to deliver 4G LTE over 700 MHz, as well as 1700/2100 MHz AWS spectrum, which enables strong coverage and excellent capacity.