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AT&T 4G LTE Takes Top Spot in 2013 PCWorld/TechHive Speed Tests

Dallas, Texas, May 22, 2013

The AT&T* 4G LTE network has been ranked fastest for a second consecutive year by PCWorld/TechHive. The tests in 20 U.S. markets show AT&T wireless customers are benefiting from blazing-fast wireless Internet speeds.

AT&T also outpaced the competition last year in PCWorld/TechHive’s 2012 wireless Internet speed tests, having delivered faster download speeds than any other national carrier in 13 cities tested. Speed is the name of the game for mobile Internet service, as customers are taking advantage of smartphones and apps to help manage their busy lives. In this year’s PCWorld/TechHive report, AT&T led the speed tests with an average download speed of 13.15 mbps and an average upload speed of 6.45 mbps.

“With consumer demand for wireless data continuing to grow rapidly, it's more important than ever that U.S. wireless carriers not only keep pace with demand, but deliver network speeds fast enough to enable new mobile web experiences,” said Jason Snell, Editorial Director, PCWorld/TechHive.

The AT&T 4G LTE network has also been recognized for speed and performance by other third-party testing firms. AT&T 4G LTE is available in 228 markets and covers more than 200 million people. Improving the wireless network continues to be a priority for AT&T.

“Our customers are doing more with their smartphones,” said Kris Rinne, AT&T senior vice president-network technologies. “We’re giving them the ability to do it faster when they read email, send photos, check the news and much more. We’ve built the nation’s fastest 4G LTE network to help them get the most out of the mobile Internet. Third-party testing validates the work we’ve done to give our customers the speed they want.”**

AT&T has built the nation’s largest 4G network, and its customers are able to enjoy widespread, ultra-fast and consistent 4G speeds on their compatible device as they move in and out of LTE areas on AT&T 4G HSPA+. With some competitors, smartphone customers may fall back to slower 3G technologies when outside of LTE coverage.

Over the past five years, AT&T invested nearly $98 billion into operations, more than any other public company in the U.S.