AT&T 4G LTE Available In Athens

Wed Mar 20, 2013 12:01am EDT

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Customers to benefit from nation's fastest 4G LTE network on the latest devices
ATHENS, Ohio,  March 20, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* has turned on the nation's
fastest  4G LTE  network** in  Athens, bringing customers the latest generation
of wireless network technology. 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.

"The launch of new, even faster mobile Internet service in the  Athens  area
will help my constituents and local businesses, who are working hard to rebuild 
Ohio's economy," said State Senator  Lou Gentile. "Advancement in mobile
technologies is a critical economic driver for businesses and consumers to
remain competitive and to foster further economic growth."

"In an information-driven economy, the ability for my constituents to have
access to the latest communications technology is critical," said State
Representative  Debbie Phillips. "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."

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

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.

"I'm proud to say that  Athens  is among the communities enjoying this
cutting-edge technology," said  Athens County  Commissioner  Chris Chmiel.
"AT&T's investment is an example of the company's overall commitment to
southeast  Ohio, and builds on our reputation as a strong region for business

"We continue to see demand for mobile Internet skyrocket, and our  4G LTE
network  in  Athens  reflects what customers want from their mobile experience -
more, faster, and on the best devices," said  Adam Grzybicki, President AT&T
Ohio. "We'll continue to invest and transform our infrastructure in response to
the demands of the  Ohio  marketplace."

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

*** 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

****A Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See  for details and locations.

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company and  one of the
most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T
operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in  the United States 
and internationally. With a powerful array of network resources that includes
the nation's largest 4G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi,
high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile
Internet, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S.
carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries.  It
also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse®  and AT&T │DIRECTV
brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one
of the most advanced in the world.  

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Information set forth in this press release contains financial estimates and
other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties,
and actual results might differ materially. A discussion of factors that may
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statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise.


Holly Hollingsworth, Media Relations, AT&T Ohio, 614-223-5711,

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