AT&T 4G LTE Available in Athens
Customers to benefit from nation's fastest 4G LTE network on the latest devices
Athens, Ohio, March 20, 2013
AT&T* has turned on the nation’s fastest 4G LTE network** in Athens, 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.
- 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.
“The launch of new, even faster mobile Internet service in the Athens area will help my constituents and local businesses, who are working hard to rebuild Ohio’s economy,” said State Senator Lou Gentile. “Advancement in mobile technologies is a critical economic driver for businesses and consumers to remain competitive and to foster further economic growth.”
“In an information-driven economy, the ability for my constituents to have access to the latest communications technology is critical,” said State Representative Debbie Phillips. “Investments like this assure that businesses of all sizes can compete effectively in a global economy. I would like to thank AT&T for this investment in our community.”
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.
“I’m proud to say that Athens is among the communities enjoying this cutting-edge technology,” said Athens County Commissioner Chris Chmiel. “AT&T’s investment is an example of the company’s overall commitment to southeast Ohio, and builds on our reputation as a strong region for business investment.”
“We continue to see demand for mobile Internet skyrocket, and our 4G LTE network in Athens reflects what customers want from their mobile experience — more, faster, and on the best devices,” said Adam Grzybicki, President AT&T Ohio. “We’ll continue to invest and transform our infrastructure in response to the demands of the Ohio marketplace.”
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.”