AT&T started the new year by flipping the proverbial switch on 4G LTE service.
The latest generation of wireless technology was rolled out Monday, according to an announcement from the communications holding company.
The technology is expected to provide mobile Internet speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G, an array of LTE-compatible devices, faster response time, and more efficient use of the spectrum. The upgrade makes streaming music and movies, downloading apps and files, and emailing pictures faster.
The launch was part of AT&T’s Project Velocity IP, a three-year investment plan announced last fall to expand and enhance its IP broadband networks. Through the investment, AT&T plans to add more than 10,000 macro cell sites nationwide by the end of 2015. It will also deploy more than 40,000 small cells and ad more than 1,000 Distributed Antenna Systems to increase the density of its wireless network, the announcement explained.
Existing smartphone customers with AT&T do not have to make any changes to their data plans, said AT&T corporate communications professional Andy Colley. They do, however, need to ensure they have a 4G LTE-compatible SIM card in their device. To do so, and ensure a proper connection, contact a local rep, 11 W. Alder St., at 525-1916.