AT&T boosts Springfield's service [Springfield News-Sun, Ohio]
(Springfield News-Sun (Ohio) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Aug. 30--SPRINGFIELD -- Mobile Internet will now be provided at faster speeds for AT&T customers in Clark County.
The company announced on Friday it has launched a new fourth generation long-term evolution, or 4G LTE, network for Springfield and Clark County.
4G LTE is 10 times faster than 3G technology and also provides better reliability and faster response time on mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones.
"It's the platform of the future," said Nicole Staples Walker, director of external affairs for AT&T.
Local officials said the deployment of 4G LTE in Clark County will improve economic development as well as quality of life in the area.
"We need Ohio to be open for business, and AT&T's investment in Springfield to improve its wireless network will boost our efforts to improve our local economy, and will help us as we continue to aggressively market greater Springfield as a place for companies to invest," said Mike McDorman, the president and CEO of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce.
Mayor Warren Copeland, who also serves as a college professor at Wittenberg, said about one-third of his time is spent on the network and understands the importance of faster Internet. Copeland also spends time with 13 interns at the Hagen Center for Civic and Urban Engagement, all of whom are constantly connected to wireless networks.
"If you're in business, you've got to take that into account," Copeland said. "It's important to our businesses to be able to tap into the market generally, but especially the growing young market of professionals we want in this community."
The announcement is part of AT&T's Project Velocity IP, a three-year investment plan announced last year to enhance broadband networks.
Over the last three years, AT&T has invested $3.5 billion in Ohio, including 225 million this year to upgrade its networks.
"We're committed to making sure our customers have the best access to wireless Internet," Staples Walker said.
Speeds will also be faster for customers outside of the LTE coverage area. AT&T has also activated a 4G HSPA+ network, allowing for faster than 3G speeds outside of the 4G range.
AT&T is the second provider to bring 4G LTE to Springfield. Verizon has provided 4G LTE since last year.
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