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AT&T 4G LTE Available in Chattanooga

Customers to benefit from nation's fastest 4G LTE network on the latest devices

Chattanooga , Tennessee, April 30, 2013

AT&T* has turned on the nation’s fastest 4G LTE network** in Chattanooga, 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.

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.

“Chattanooga is thriving and is a great place to do business,” said House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick. “This announcement proves that updating our laws to keep up with changing technology pays off. AT&T’s investment and launch of 4G LTE reflects their confidence in our city and adds next generation capabilities for our businesses, travelers and consumers.” 

 “This is an investment for the future in Chattanooga,” said Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger. “In an information–driven economy, the ability for the people of this region to have access to the latest communications technology is critical.”

“With the addition of this infrastructure, our city becomes even more attractive to potential employers,” said Chattanooga City Mayor Andy Berke. "Today's announcement is just another reason that Chattanooga is a great place to create jobs."

“For many consumers, especially rural residents with access to only satellite and dial-up broadband service, 4G LTE service provides a high speed internet access that fits their needs and provides fast Internet speeds like those available in larger cities,” said MaryStewart Lewis, AT&T regional director, external affairs, AT&T Tennessee.  “For consumers living in suburban and urban areas with more high speed broadband service options, the AT&T 4G LTE network affords new competitive high speed broadband choices.”

AT&T’s 4G Network

AT&T’s innovation and investment has resulted in the nation’s largest 4G network, covering more than 292 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 some competitors, where smartphone customers may 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 its operations across the country. 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.”