AKRON, Ohio, April 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* has turned on its 4G LTE network in Akron, bringing customers the latest generation of wireless network technology. AT&T 4G LTE provides several benefits, 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, such as the first LTE Windows Phone Nokia Lumia 900, Samsung Galaxy Note™, and Pantech Element™ tablet.
- 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 Akron responds to what customers want from their mobile experience — more, faster, on the best devices. Akron customers now have our fastest available speeds with 4G LTE, and customers across Ohio are enjoying fast speeds on the nation's largest 4G network," said Larry Evans, vice president and general manager, AT&T Ohio and western Pennsylvania.
AT&T's 4G Network
AT&T customers have access to the nation's largest 4G network, covering nearly 250 million people. Even as 4G LTE expands, AT&T 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. AT&T has two 4G networks that work together for customers, LTE and HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. With other carriers, when you travel outside of their LTE coverage area, you're on a much slower 3G network.
"The investment we've made to our networks in Ohio alone has equated to a million dollars every single day of the last three years, so bringing 4G LTE to our state is just the latest example of this significant infrastructure investment," said AT&T Ohio state president Tom Pelto. "Ohioans enjoyed more than 1,500 upgrades to our wireless network in 2011, and those enhancements continue with today's announcement."
"It's important for the people of our community to have access to the latest communications technology. In an information-driven economy, high-tech investment like this assures that local entrepreneurs can provide the jobs our families need to thrive," said State Senator Frank LaRose. "One of the reasons I sponsored Senate Bill 271, which is currently in the Ohio House, is to create a regulatory environment that encourages investments like this, assuring our state attracts the jobs Ohioans need. This investment in fast mobile Internet capability is exactly what we need in order to allow businesses and consumers to remain competitive, and I would like to thank AT&T for their positive investment in our community."
"I'm proud to say that the Akron/Canton area is among the first in Ohio to receive this cutting-edge technology," said State Representative Kristina Roegner. "This announcement puts our area in a better position to compete for good-paying jobs and it will improve the state's business climate as a whole."
Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. Deployment ongoing. 4G LTE device and data plan required. Up to 10x claim compares 4G LTE download speeds to industry average 3G download speeds. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. 4G speeds not available everywhere. Learn more about 4G LTE at att.com/network.
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