Last week, AT&T was out testing its 4G LTE network around Tupelo, and the company officially announced it is now up and running.
Highlights from the company’s press release:
AT&T has turned on the nation’s fastest and most reliable 4G LTE network in the Tupelo metro area, bringing customers the latest generation of wireless network technology. Also included in the launch are other parts of Lee County and Pontotoc County.
“Having access to the newest technologies is crucial to the future success of North Mississippi,” said State Sen. Nancy Collins. “I will continue to work hard to ensure we have an environment where private companies want to invest.”
“We are grateful to State Sen. Collins and our legislative delegation for working with community business leaders to improve our broadband capacity, making our region more appealing to new and existing businesses,” said David P. Rumbarger, president/CEO, Community Development Foundation.
Several of the benefits of AT&T 4G LTE provides, include:
- 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.
- Reliability. AT&T not only has the nation’s fastest 4G LTE network, but now also has the most reliable 4G LTE network. According to independent third-party data, AT&T has the highest success rate for delivering mobile content across nationwide 4G LTE networks.
- 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 Tupelo responds to what customers want from their mobile experience — more, faster, reliably, on the best devices,” said Gunner Goad, regional director, AT&T Mississippi.
AT&T’s 4G Network
This launch is part of AT&T’s Project Velocity IP (VIP), a three-year investment plan announced last fall to expand and enhance its IP broadband networks. Through this investment, AT&T is supporting its customers’ growing desire for high-speed Internet access and new mobile, app and cloud-based services. As part of Project VIP, AT&T plans to add more than 10,000 macro cell sites nationwide by year-end 2015, as well as deploy more than 40,000 small cells and add more than 1,000 Distributed Antenna Systems to increase the density of its wireless network.
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.
Over the past five years, AT&T invested nearly $98 billion into its wireless and wireline networks across the country. Since 2008, AT&T has invested more capital into the U.S. economy than any other public company.