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AT&T 4G LTE Available in Nashville and Surrounding Counties

Customers to benefit from ultra-fast mobile Internet on the latest LTE devices

Nashville, Tennessee, June 20, 2012

AT&T* has turned on its 4G LTE network in Nashville and Davidson County, including surrounding Maury, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson Counties, 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 Internet speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G. Customers can stream, download, upload and game faster than ever before.
  • Cool new devices. AT&T offers several LTE-compatible devices, including new AT&T 4G LTE smartphones and tablets, such as the HTC One™ X, Samsung Focus® 2, Nokia Lumia 900, Samsung Galaxy Note™, and Pantech Element™ tablet.
  • 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 other technologies, creating more space to carry data traffic and services and to deliver a better network experience.

AT&T invested nearly $1.3 billion in its Tennessee wireless and wireline networks from 2009 through 2011 with a focus on improving the company’s mobile Internet coverage and overall performance of its networks.

AT&T Tennessee state president Gregg Morton said his company’s local investment creates many advantages for those in Nashville and surrounding counties. “This 4G LTE launch is great news for Tennessee and is further evidence that when our elected leaders create an environment that favors investment, consumers benefit. The investment we’ve made to our AT&T networks alone has equated to nearly $1.3 billion over last three years, so bringing 4G LTE here is the latest example of this significant infrastructure investment,” said Morton.

“Today’s announcement is proof that consumers benefit when we create policies that favor investment in our state,” said House Speaker Beth Harwell. “AT&T’s investment builds on our reputation as a strong region for business investment.”

“As our economy continues to recover, it is critical that businesses invest in infrastructure to support that recovery,” said House Democratic Caucus Chair Mike Turner. “This is an investment in our future and in an information-driven economy, the ability for all the people of Nashville to have access to the latest communications technology is critical.”

“Nashville has long had a reputation as a progressive city that is a great place to start or expand a business,” said Ralph Schulz, President & CEO, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. “This announcement serves to underscore that we are open for business with the most modern wireless infrastructure to support our business community.”

“We continue to see demand for mobile Internet skyrocket, and our 4G LTE network in Nashville responds to what customers want from their mobile experience — more, faster, on the best devices. Our Nashville customers now have our fastest available speeds with 4G LTE, and customers across Tennessee are enjoying fast speeds on the nation’s largest 4G network,” said Chris Percy, vice president and general manager of Mobility and Consumer Markets for AT&T Tennessee, Kentucky and southern Indiana. AT&T has also launched 4G LTE in Lawrenceburg, Tenn.

AT&T’s 4G Network

AT&T customers have access to the nation’s largest 4G network, covering more than 260 million people. According to recent third-party speed tests by PCWorld, AT&T 4G LTE speeds are faster than the competition. Testing in 13 cities showed that AT&T’s combination of 4G LTE and HSPA+ technologies delivered faster download speeds than any other carrier tested.

Even as 4G LTE expands, AT&T customers are able to enjoy widespread, ultra-fast and consistent 4G speeds on their compatible device as they move in and out of LTE areas. AT&T has two 4G networks that work together for customers, LTE and HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. With other carriers, when you travel outside of their LTE coverage area, you’re on a much slower 3G network.