Cell providers plan upgrades for area
by By Wayne Allen
PDT Staff Writer
On Wednesday AT&T announced plans to bring 4G LTE (Fourth Generation Long-Term Evolution) to 50 cities by the end of the year. Among those cities is Portsmouth.
Portsmouth is one of two Ohio cities slated for the upgrade the other is Sandusky.
According to released information, “AT&T plans to roll out 4G LTE in Portsmouth by the end of this year, bringing customers the latest generation of wireless network technology and faster mobile Internet speeds. AT&T 4G LTE currently covers more than 225 million people, and by the end of 2013, coverage is expected to expand to nearly 270 million people and more than 400 markets.”
Mark Romito, AT&T External Affairs Director said once implemented AT&T consumers in Portsmouth will experience a higher level of service.
“Portsmouth enjoys AT&T’s fast 4G speeds today, and our teams will be working hard across the city toward our upcoming 4G LTE launch. AT&T customers in Portsmouth can look forward to even faster speeds by the end of the year.”
Other cities that are slated for the upgrade include, Fairbanks, Alaska, Selma. Ala., Des Moins-West Des Moines, Iowa, Decatur, Ill., Paducah, Ky.,Joplin, Mo., Jacksonville, N.C., Sandusky, Ohio and Amarillo, Tex., among many others.
According to released information, “AT&T’s 4G LTE deployment is part of AT&T’s Project Velocity IP (VIP), a three-year investment plan to expand and enhance its IP broadband networks. Through this investment, AT&T is supporting its customers’ growing desire for high-speed Internet access and new mobile, app and cloud-based services. As part of Project VIP, AT&T plans to add more than 10,000 macro cell sites nationwide by year-end 2015, as well as deploy more than 40,000 small cells and add more than 1,000 Distributed Antenna Systems to increase the density of its wireless network.
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.”
Verizon Wireless recently announced that its customers in the Portsmouth area were now part of the 4G LTE network offered by the cellphone provider.
At the time of the announcement, Executive Director of Verizon’s network Don Carretta said the upgrade brings unprecedented ability for innovation for those connected to Verizon’s services.
“You will see a lot of advances concerning the connectivity of devices both at work and at the home for those in our network,” Carretta said. “Things like opening a garage door from work or unlocking the front door so your child can get inside are now possible.”
Verizon users with 4G-capable devices from Lucasville to Franklin Furnace now have access to vastly improved data speed on the network.
According to Carretta, 4G is the future of mobile data usage.
“The 4G network is an open standard with low latency,” Carretta said. “The potential uses for the network are endless.”
Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228, or firstname.lastname@example.org. For breaking news, follow Wayne on Twitter @WayneallenPDT.
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