AT&T announces Wilmington 4G LTE network


Some AT&T Wireless customers will soon see enhanced mobile Internet speed and capabilities, with the company’s rollout of a 4G LTE network in the Wilmington area.

AT&T announced the availability of the network Thursday.

The LTE technology allows smartphone users to stream, download and upload information and play games faster than other technologies do. With the availability of 4G LTE in this market, AT&T is offering several new LTE-compatible devices, including smartphones and tablets.

Verizon was the first major wireless company to offer 4G LTE in the Wilmington market, deploying the technology in 2011. T-Mobile plans to bring the technology here in 2013. Sprint is gradually rolling out the LTE technology to its markets nationwide, but has not yet made it available in Wilmington.

By using the wireless spectrum more efficiently than other technologies, LTE technology reduces the processing time it takes to move data through a network.

"We continue to see demand for mobile Internet skyrocket, and our 4G LTE network in Wilmington responds to what customers want from their mobile experience: more, faster, on the best devices," Cynthia Marshall, AT&T North Carolina president said in a news release.