ITHACA, N.Y., Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* has turned on its 4G LTE network in Ithaca, bringing customers the latest generation of wireless network technology. The LTE upgrade to AT&T's existing 4G network includes Ithaca, Cornell University, University Hill, College Town, West Hill, Buttermilk State Park, South Hill and East Ithaca. In upstate New York, the 4G LTE network is also available in Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, Saratoga and Saratoga Springs.
AT&T's innovation and investment has resulted in the largest 4G network in the nation, covering 288 million people with ultra-fast speeds and a more consistent user experience. That's coverage in 3,000 more 4G cities and towns than Verizon.** Our 4G LTE network delivered faster average download speeds than any of our competitors in PCWorld's most recent 13-market speed tests.
"The expansion of 4G LTE wireless network coverage is an incredible benefit for the residents of Ithaca," said Ithaca Mayor Svante L. Myrick. "This is great news for the economic development of Ithaca and for our citizens who depend on their wireless devices for conducting business, gathering information and staying connected with family and friends."
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, such as the Sony Xperia™ TL, LG Optimus G™, Samsung Galaxy S III, Motorola ATRIX™ HD, HTC One™ X, Nokia Lumia 920, Samsung Galaxy Note™ II, HTC One™ X+, Samsung ATIV smart PC and ASUS VivoTab™ RT.
- 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 Ithaca responds to what customers want from their mobile experience — more, faster, on the best devices," said Marissa Shorenstein, president, AT&T New York.
AT&T's 4G Network
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.
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 recently announced Project Velocity IP, its strategic plan to invest $14 billion over the next three years to expand its wireless and wireline IP broadband networks. As part of Project Velocity IP, AT&T's 4G LTE network is expected to expand to cover 300 million people by year-end 2014, and its wireline IP network is expected to extend to 57M customer locations, covering 75% of locations in AT&T's wireline service area by year-end 2015.
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**4G speeds not available everywhere. Comparison based on U.S. cities and towns with 4G coverage.
***Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. Deployment ongoing. 4G LTE device and data plan required. Up to 10x claim compares 4G LTE download speeds to industry average 3G download speeds. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. 4G speeds not available everywhere. Learn more about 4G LTE at att.com/network.
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