AT&T 4G LTE Available in Kinston

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

Kinston, North Carolina, June 12, 2013

AT&T* has turned on the nation’s fastest 4G LTE network** in Kinston, bringing customers the latest generation of wireless network technology.

“For North Carolina to prosper, it is crucial that advanced communications technology be available throughout the state, from rural areas to our large cities,” said state Senator Louis Pate (R-Mount Olive). “I have long been committed to ensuring that our state laws invite investment in the advanced technologies and am glad to see announcements like this, which will keep our area technologically competitive with the state’s larger communities.

“Broadband technology is a key to the future for our citizens,” said state Senator Don Davis (D-Snow Hill). “It opens doors of economic opportunity through improved education and new jobs. So when more broadband is deployed to more people, it is an excellent step in assuring North Carolinians will not be trapped on the wrong side of a digital divide.”

Watch here to see several of the benefits AT&T 4G LTE provides, including:

  • Faster speeds. LTE technology is capable of delivering speeds faster than many other mobile Internet technologies***. 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 great news.  Broadband enables any company to compete in the global marketplace, while enabling employees to enjoy the quality of life in communities like ours,” said John D. Chaffee, President & CEO of North Carolina’s Eastern Region Development Commission. “That is why access to advanced communications is a key factor for companies considering whether to expand or locate to an area.  We appreciate the work of all of our state leaders who, over many years, have created public policy that has helped bring technology like mobile broadband to Kinston and other communities in Eastern North Carolina.”

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 and upload speeds than any of our competitors in PCWorld/TechHive’s most recent 20-market speed tests.

“We continue to see demand for mobile Internet skyrocket, and our 4G LTE network in Kinston responds to what customers want from their mobile experience — more, faster, on the best devices,” said John Lyon, AT&T’s regional director of External Affairs for Kinston.

AT&T’s 4G LTE network delivers speeds faster than many other mobile Internet technologies, 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.”