DETROIT — AT&T has turned on its 4G LTE network in Metro Detroit, bringing customers in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties the latest generation of wireless network technology.
The 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 Motorola Atrix HD, Sony Xperia Ion, 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.
AT&T’s 4G network covers 275 million people with ultra-fast speeds — 3,000 more 4G cities and towns than Verizon.
“We continue to see demand for mobile Internet skyrocket, and our 4G LTE network in Metro Detroit responds to what customers want from their mobile experience — more, faster, on the best devices,” said Jim Murray, president of AT&T Michigan.
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. The 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 its 4G HSPA network, unlike competitors, where customers fall back to slower 3G technologies when outside of LTE coverage.