AT&T shows off network upgrades

SALEM – AT&T announced a new investment in the Salem and Lisbon area last week.

The investment is in new infrastructure that will bring faster technology for people who use smartphones, tablets, or other wireless devices, the company said.

The announcement was made at the AT&T store at 1098 East State Street noting that AT&T has generally made this type of investment announcement mostly in major metropolitan areas.

AT&T has expanded the nation’s fastest and most reliable 4G LTE network in Salem and Lisbon, bringing more customers the latest generation of wireless network technology, the company said.

“4G” stands for Fourth Generation and “4G LTE” stands for Fourth Generation, Long Term Evolution.

LTE is the next step in wireless technology and it’s expected to be the mobile broadband platform for new services and innovation for the foreseeable future.

AT&T launched 4G LTE in the Youngstown-Warren on August 14 and the expanded coverage is part of its ongoing rollout across the market, said spokesperson Holly Hollingsworth.

The AT&T 4G LTE coverage now includes Salem and Lisbon and parts of Columbiana County.

Hollingsworth said 4G LTE is the most advanced in terms of faster speeds.

“Basically it’s an expansion of the Youngstown market reaching down to cover Salem and Lisbon,” she said, explaining the LTE technology, which may not be installed on every site, it’s avaliable to the majority of people.

She explained that the AT&T LTE includes all the latest and fastest improvements and AT&T went back and upgraded it 3G system and added 4G LTE.

“We’ve taken the middle steps so people wouldn’t step back to speeds three years ago,” Hollingsworth said, explaining that retrofits for cell phone relays were installed and new cell sites are built with the 4G LTE capability.

AT&T has invested nearly $1.8 billion in wireless and wired networks in Ohio since 2010, including more than $225 million in the first half of 2013.

“And we’ll continue to invest to bring fast mobile Internet service to more people across the state,” Hollingsworth said, adding that it equates to $1 million a day in Ohio.

The 4G LTE is capable of delivering mobile Internet speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G, allowing customers to stream, download, upload and game faster than before. (The general claim is that 4G LTE networks can download data at speeds between 5 and 12 megabits per second – enough for smooth streaming for live video and better response times for online multiplayer games.)

As for reliability, AT&T says it not only has the nation’s fastest 4G LTE network, but also has the most reliable 4G LTE network.

According to independent third-party data, AT&T says it has the highest success rate for delivering mobile content across nationwide 4G LTE networks.