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

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

Knoxville, Tennessee, October 31, 2012

AT&T* has turned on its 4G LTE network in Knoxville and Knox County, including parts of surrounding Anderson and Blount Counties and parts of Loudon, Roane and Sevier Counties, bringing customers the latest generation of wireless network technology. Watch here to see several of the benefits AT&T 4G LTE provides, 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 Samsung Galaxy S III, Motorola ATRIX ™ HD, HTC One™ X, 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.

“Knox County is thriving and a great place to do business,” said Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett. “Large and small businesses have a home here, and AT&T’s investment and launch of 4G LTE  reflects their confidence in our county and adds next generation capabilities for our businesses and consumers.”

AT&T Tennessee State President Gregg Morton said his company’s local investment creates many advantages for those in Knoxville 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 wireline and wireless 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 Sen. Becky Massey.

“As our economy continues to recover, it is critical that businesses invest in infrastructure to support that recovery,” said Rep. Harry Brooks. “This is an investment in our future and in an information-driven economy, the ability for people of Knox County and surrounding areas to have access to the latest communications technology is critical.”

"Thanks to the leadership of the Knox County State Delegation and our local elected leaders, we are seeing companies invest in technology which is essential for recruiting companies here in Knoxville,” said Mike Edwards, CEO of the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce.

“We continue to see demand for mobile Internet skyrocket, and our 4G LTE network in Knoxville responds to what customers want from their mobile experience — more, faster, on the best devices,” said Chris Percy, vice president and general manager of Mobility and Consumer Markets for AT&T Tennessee, Kentucky and southern Indiana.

AT&T’s 4G Network

AT&T’s innovation and investment has resulted in the nation’s largest 4G network, covering more than 285 million people with ultra-fast speeds and a more consistent user experience. That’s coverage in 3,000 more 4G cities and towns than Verizon. Our 4G LTE network delivered faster average download speeds than any of our competitors in PCWorld’s most recent 13-market speed tests.

AT&T’s 4G LTE network delivers speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G**, as well as multiple innovations that optimize the network for performance. Our network’s radio components are placed close to the antenna at most cell sites, instead of inside the base station, which helps minimize power loss between the base station and antenna and, in turn, improves the performance of our 4G LTE network. The network also is designed with its core elements distributed across the country, which helps reduce latency, or the delay when using the Internet, because your request isn’t traveling as far.

Even as AT&T continues to expand its 4G LTE coverage in 2012 and 2013, customers can get 4G speeds outside of 4G LTE areas on our 4G HSPA+ network, unlike competitors, where smartphone customers fall back to slower 3G technologies when outside of LTE coverage.

AT&T’s focus to deliver the best possible mobile Internet experience goes beyond 4G to embrace additional connection technologies. AT&T operates the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network*** including more than 30,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers across the country. Most AT&T smartphone customers get access to our entire national Wi-Fi network at no additional cost, and Wi-Fi usage doesn’t count against customers’ monthly wireless data plans.

AT&T also is a leading developer of Distributed Antenna Systems, which utilize multiple small antennas to maximize coverage and speed within stadiums, convention centers, office buildings, hotels and other areas where traditional coverage methods are challenging.

Over the past five years, AT&T invested more than $115 billion into operations and into acquiring spectrum and other assets that have enhanced our wireless and wired networks. Since 2007, AT&T has invested more capital into the U.S. economy than any other public company. In a July 2012 report, the Progressive Policy Institute ranked AT&T No. 1 on its list of U.S. “Investment Heroes.”