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AT&T 4G LTE Available in Lawrence

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

Lawrence, Kansas, February 25, 2013

AT&T* has turned on its 4G LTE network in Lawrence, 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 such as the Samsung Galaxy S III, Motorola ATRIX™ HD, HTC One™ X, Nokia Lumia 920, Samsung Galaxy Note™ II, HTC One™ X+, tablets such as the Samsung ATIV smart PC and ASUS VivoTab™ RT and mobile broadband devices such as the MiFi Liberate mobile hotspot to connect up to 10 WiFi capable devices.
  • 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.

“We continue to see demand for mobile Internet skyrocket, and our new 4G LTE network in Lawrence responds to what area customers want from their mobile experience — the freedom and flexibility to connect to their world at high speed, wherever they are,” said Steve Hahn, president of AT&T Kansas.  “This announcement demonstrates our ongoing commitment to bring consumers and businesses the most advanced communication network. Important infrastructure investments such as these are due in part to the good business climate in Kansas.”

AT&T invested more than $725 million in its Kansas wireless and wireline networks from 2009 through 2012. AT&T launched 4G LTE in Wichita in July 2012 and Kansas City in November 2011.

Business, civic and political leaders hailed the 4G LTE upgrade in Lawrence as an important investment that will expand economic opportunity and enhance quality of life in the community.

“That we are in a world quickly becoming more reliant on mobile technology to conduct our day-to-day activities is easily apparent in communities with a higher education institution such as Lawrence,” said state Sen. Marci Francisco. “Technology helps students learn, teachers instruct, and support staffs assist. As Lawrence and the entire state of Kansas strive to stay ahead in our tech-centric lifestyles, we need to continue to shape policy that paves the way for future investment into faster, more reliable wireless service.”

Those themes resonate among Lawrence tech community leaders.

“AT&T’s new 4G LTE network is a significant improvement for this city," said Les Dreiling, president of Lawrence Bank.  "Residents and business people alike know that it doesn’t just mean faster download speeds for data and video. It means Lawrence is better connected to the global marketplace.”

AT&T’s 4G Network

AT&T’s innovation and investment has resulted in the nation’s largest 4G network, covering 288 million people with ultra-fast speeds and a more consistent user experience. 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, 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 32,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers, and provides access to more than 402,000 hotspots globally through roaming agreements. 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 nearly $98 billion into operations. Since 2008, 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.”