AT&T 4G LTE Expands in Mobile

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

Mobile, Alabama, March 20, 2013

AT&T* has expanded the nation’s fastest 4G LTE network** in Mobile, bringing more customers the latest generation of wireless network technology. AT&T first launched 4G LTE in Mobile in Nov. 2012, and the expanded coverage is part of its ongoing rollout across the market. 

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.

“We continue to see demand for mobile Internet skyrocket, and our 4G LTE network in South Alabama responds to what customers want from their mobile experience — more, faster, on the best devices,” said Gigi Armbrecht, AT&T Regional Director of External Affairs.

Expanded LTE service is expected to cover the following areas over 21 sites:   

  • I-10 immediately east of Spanish Fort to the Florida state line
  • HWY 59 corridor from I-10 to the beach including Loxley, Foley and Gulf Shores
  • HWY 180 from Fort Morgan to Gulf Shores
  • East from HWY 59 to Orange Beach Boulevard

“I am so pleased that AT&T is launching LTE service across Baldwin County and south Alabama,” said Rep. Steve McMillan, House District 95. “Some Alabamians choose not to access the Internet at home either because of cost or the fact that wired Internet service doesn’t fit the way they live.  Now residents in our area will have access to a fast and cost effective connection to the Internet that fits in their hand.”

“Wireless infrastructure investment is critical to Alabama’s future and I am very pleased to see AT&T investing in South Alabama and bringing LTE service to our community,” said Rep. Joe Faust, House District 94.  “Advanced technology like LTE will stimulate our economy and provide new tools and services we need to compete for business.”

AT&T has invested nearly $100 million in its Mobile area wireless and wireline network – and nearly $1.4 billion in Alabama’s wireless and wireline network - from 2010 through 2012, with a focus on expanding 4G LTE mobile Internet coverage and enhancing the overall performance of its networks.

People across the state increasingly depend on mobile Internet connections for communication, entertainment and productivity at work, at home and everywhere in between. AT&T’s continued investment is designed to deliver the highest levels of service, with network enhancements driving improvements in key areas of the mobile Internet experience: 4G speed, broad coverage and network reliability.

 "Across Alabama, this robust investment in the AT&T wireless and wireline networks is essential to spurring the economy and creating jobs.  This creates economic opportunities for health care, manufacturing, education, transportation and public safety and virtually every other economic sector,” said Fred McCallum, President, AT&T Alabama. “Our elected officials are certainly to be commended for creating an environment where AT&T can continue to invest, while bringing consumers the latest in wired and wireless broadband access.”

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.”