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AT&T 4G LTE Coming To Detroit, Grand Rapids In 2012

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DETROIT —  AT&T said Thursday that it plans to roll out 4G LTE in Detroit and Grand Rapids by the end of the year, bringing customers the latest generation of wireless network technology and faster mobile Internet speeds.

LTE technology is capable of delivering mobile Internet speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G. Customers will be able to stream, download, upload and game faster than ever before on the latest LTE-compatible smartphones, tablets and devices.

AT&T’s innovation and investment has resulted in the nation’s largest 4G network, covering 275 million people with ultra-fast speeds and a more consistent user experience. AT&T is the only U.S. service provider to deploy two compatible 4G technologies to deliver more speed to more customers. AT&T said its 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 network also delivers multiple innovations that optimize the network for performance. Its 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 the 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.

Even as AT&T continues to expand its 4G LTE coverage in 2012 and 2013, customers can get 4G speeds outside of 4G LTE areas on AT&T’s 4G HSPA+ network, unlike competitors’, where customers fall back to slower 3G technologies when outside of 4G LTE coverage.

Over the past five years, AT&T invested more than $115 billion into operations and into acquiring spectrum and other assets that have enhanced our wireless and wired networks. Since 2007, 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.”

More at www.att.com.

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