AT&T announced on Thursday that its 4G LTE network is now up and running in Cleveland, the "The Rock 'n' Roll Capital of the World" and set location of The Drew Carey Show. "We continue to see demand for mobile Internet skyrocket, and our 4G LTE network in Cleveland responds to what customers want from their mobile experience — more, faster, on the best devices. Cleveland 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," Larry Evans, vice president and general manager of AT&T Ohio and western Pennsylvania said.
AT&T has spent a lot of money boosting its network in Ohio. The company said that it has spent the equivalent of roughly $1 million each day for the last three years improving the network there. It made more than 1,500 network upgrades in the state alone in 2011.
AT&T 4G LTE Available in Cleveland
Customers to benefit from ultra-fast mobile Internet on the latest LTE devices
Cleveland, Ohio, May 30, 2012
AT&T* has turned on its 4G LTE network in Cleveland, 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 HTC One™ X, Samsung Focus® 2, 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 Cleveland responds to what customers want from their mobile experience — more, faster, on the best devices. Cleveland 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 more than 260 million people. According to recent third-party speed tests by PCWorld, AT&T 4G LTE speeds are faster than the competition. Testing in 13 cities showed that AT&T's combination of 4G LTE and HSPA+ technologies delivered faster download speeds than any other carrier tested.
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."
"In an information-driven economy, the ability for all the people of our community to have access to the latest communications technology is critical," said Joe Roman, president and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Partnership. "Investments like this assure that businesses of all sizes can compete effectively in a global economy. I would like to thank AT&T for this investment in our community."
"I'm proud to say that North Olmsted is among the communities enjoying this cutting-edge technology," said North Olmsted Mayor Kevin Kennedy. "AT&T's investment in our community is further demonstrated by the recent opening of a new retail store here. Both are examples of the company's overall commitment to the Cleveland area, and builds on our reputation as a strong region for business investment."