KINGSPORT, Tenn., April 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* has turned on the nation's fastest 4G LTE network** in Kingsport and Bristol in Sullivan County, bringing customers the latest generation of wireless network technology. AT&T now offers 4G LTE service in the Tri-Cities area, which also includes Johnson City.
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.
"Sullivan County is thriving and is a great place to do business," said Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey. "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 county and adds next generation capabilities for our businesses, travelers and consumers."
"This is an investment for the future in Sullivan County," said State Representative Jon Lundberg. "In an information – driven economy, the ability for the people of Kingsport and Bristol to have access to the latest communications technology is critical."
"Consumers now have access to 4G LTE which is simply wonderful news for the residents in all of the Kingsport area," said State Representative Tony Shipley.
"As we all rely on mobile Internet more and more, the launch of 4G LTE is good news for our area," said State Representative Timothy Hill. "With the addition of this infrastructure, our region becomes even more attractive to potential employers."
"Communications infrastructure is critical to economic development," said Steve Godsey, Mayor of Sullivan County. "Today's announcement is just another reason that Sullivan County is a great place to create jobs."
"Thanks to the leadership of our state delegation and elected officials, we are seeing companies invest in technology which is essential for recruiting employees here in Sullivan County," said Miles Burdine, CEO, Kingsport Chamber of Commerce. "Bristol and Kingsport have both had reputations as progressive cities that are great places to start or expand a business. This announcement serves to underscore that we are open for business with the most modern wireless infrastructure to support 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.
"For many consumers, especially rural residents with access to only satellite and dial-up broadband service, 4G LTE service provides an affordable high speed internet access that fits their needs and provides fast Internet speeds like those available in larger cities," said Alan Hill, AT&T regional director. "For consumers living in suburban and urban areas with more high speed broadband service options, 4G LTE affords new competitive high speed broadband choices."
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."
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
** Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Claim based on a comparison of U.S. national carriers' average 4G LTE download speeds for Android™ and Windows smartphones and iPhone 5. 4G speeds not available everywhere.
*** 4G LTE device and data plan required: Up to 10x claim compares 4G LTE download speeds to industry average 3G download speeds. Learn more about 4G LTE at att.com/network.
****A Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See www.attwifi.com for details and locations.
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