High-speed 4G wireless network expanding in this area
Jan 27, 2013 (The Buffalo News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
High-speed, 4G LTE wireless coverage spread through Erie and Niagara counties in 2012, and the nation's major wireless providers are planning to significantly expand their networks in the region during the coming year.
This enhanced, fourth-generation coverage promises faster speeds for sending text messages, uploading photos, downloading data files and streaming video.
As Verizon Wireless, AT&T and the other providers invest in Buffalo Niagara, the region is seeing its average network performance improve from the bottom of the barrel to the middle of the pack.
"Everybody got faster," said Bill Moore, president and CEO of RootMetrics, the company that performs independent testing of wireless networks.
The wireless network in Buffalo Niagara improved in 2012 because Verizon, which introduced LTE coverage to this area in 2011, expanded its system, while AT&T last summer launched its own LTE network to build off an older-generation 4G system already in place here.
The two largest wireless providers plan to expand their LTE networks here in 2013, while T-Mobile -- which has its own, older 4G system in Erie and Niagara counties -- and Sprint -- which offers 3G service here -- also may boost their regional networks.
It's not just consumers who benefit from faster network speeds. Improved 4G LTE coverage helps businesses operate more efficiently and maintain closer contact with employees, vendors and customers.
"Whether you're a business customer or a consumer, you're going to have a faster and more robust wireless data experience," said John O'Malley, a spokesman for Verizon Wireless in upstate New York. "It's just giving you the ability to have that connectivity anywhere."
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