AT&T 4G LTE Expands in Athens
More customers to benefit from ultra-fast mobile Internet on the latest LTE devices
Athens, Tennessee, February 25, 2013
AT&T* has expanded its 4G LTE network in Athens and McMinn County, bringing more customers the latest generation of wireless network technology. AT&T launched 4G LTE in Knoxville and Knox County, including parts of surrounding Anderson and Blount Counties and parts of Loudon, Roane and Service Counties last October. The expanded coverage is part of its ongoing rollout across the market.
AT&T invested nearly $1.4 billion in its Tennessee wireless and wireline networks from 2010 through 2012, with a focus on expanding 4G LTE mobile Internet coverage and enhancing the overall performance of its networks.
“Today’s announcement is proof that consumers benefit when we create policies that favor investment in Tennessee,” said Sen. Mike Bell. “Many will benefit from this new 4G LTE service, too.”
AT&T 4G LTE coverage now includes parts of Athens and McMinn County.
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.
- 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.
“This is an investment in our future,” said Rep. John Forgety. “In an information – driven economy, the ability for the people of Athens and McMinn County to have access to the latest communications technology is critical.”
“Thanks to the leadership of Senator Mike Bell and Representative John Fogerty, we are seeing companies invest in technology which is essential for recruiting companies here in McMinn County,” said Rob Preston, president, Athens Area Chamber of Commerce.
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.
“We’ve seen positive response from customers on our Knoxville area 4G LTE launch, and as today’s expansion shows, we’re continuing our rollout of fast 4G LTE speeds to more areas of Athens,” said MaryStewart Lewis, regional director, external affairs, AT&T Tennessee.
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.”