AT&T 4G LTE Available In Kingsport And Bristol

                AT&T 4G LTE Available In Kingsport And Bristol

Customers to benefit from nation's fastest 4G LTE network on the latest

PR Newswire

KINGSPORT, Tenn., April 5, 2013

KINGSPORT, Tenn., April 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --AT&T* has turned on the
nation's fastest 4G LTE network** in Kingsport and Bristol in Sullivan County,
bringing customers the latest generation of wireless network technology. AT&T
now offers 4G LTE service in the Tri-Cities area, which also includes Johnson


Watch here to see several of the benefits AT&T 4G LTE provides, including:

  oFaster speeds. LTE technology is capable of delivering mobile Internet
    speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G***. Customers can stream, download,
    upload and game faster than ever before.
  oCool new devices. AT&T offers several LTE-compatible devices, including
    new AT&T 4G LTE smartphones and tablets.
  oFaster response time. LTE technology offers lower latency, or the
    processing time it takes to move data through a network, such as how long
    it takes to start downloading a webpage or file once you've sent the
    request. Lower latency helps to improve services like mobile gaming,
    two-way video calling and telemedicine.
  oMore efficient use of spectrum. Wireless spectrum is a finite resource,
    and LTE uses spectrum more efficiently than other technologies, creating
    more space to carry data traffic and services and to deliver a better
    network experience.

AT&T invested nearly $1.4 billion in its Tennessee wireless and wireline
networks from 2010 through 2012, with a focus on expanding 4G LTE mobile
Internet coverage and enhancing the overall performance of its networks.

"Sullivan County is thriving and is a great place to do business," said Lt.
Gov. Ron Ramsey. "This announcement proves that updating our laws to keep up
with changing technology pays off. AT&T's investment and launch of 4G LTE
reflects their confidence in our county and adds next generation capabilities
for our businesses, travelers and consumers."

"This is an investment for the future in Sullivan County," said State
Representative Jon Lundberg. "In an information – driven economy, the ability
for the people of Kingsport and Bristol to have access to the latest
communications technology is critical."

"Consumers now have access to 4G LTE which is simply wonderful news for the
residents in all of the Kingsport area," said State Representative Tony

"As we all rely on mobile Internet more and more, the launch of 4G LTE is good
news for our area," said State Representative Timothy Hill. "With the addition
of this infrastructure, our region becomes even more attractive to potential

"Communications infrastructure is critical to economic development," said
Steve Godsey, Mayor of Sullivan County. "Today's announcement is just another
reason that Sullivan County is a great place to create jobs."

"Thanks to the leadership of our state delegation and elected officials, we
are seeing companies invest in technology which is essential for recruiting
employees here in Sullivan County," said Miles Burdine, CEO, Kingsport Chamber
of Commerce. "Bristol and Kingsport have both had reputations as progressive
cities that are great places to start or expand a business. This announcement
serves to underscore that we are open for business with the most modern
wireless infrastructure to support our community."

AT&T's 4G Network

AT&T's innovation and investment has resulted in the nation's largest 4G
network, covering 288 million people with ultra-fast speeds and a more
consistent user experience. Our 4G LTE network delivered faster average
download speeds than any of our competitors in PCWorld's most recent 13-market
speed tests.

AT&T's 4G LTE network delivers speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G as well as
multiple innovations that optimize the network for performance. Our network's
radio components are placed close to the antenna at most cell sites, instead
of inside the base station, which helps minimize power loss between the base
station and antenna and, in turn, improves the performance of our 4G LTE
network. The network also is designed with its core elements distributed
across the country, which helps reduce latency, or the delay when using the
Internet, because your request isn't traveling as far.

"For many consumers, especially rural residents with access to only satellite
and dial-up broadband service, 4G LTE service provides an affordable high
speed internet access that fits their needs and provides fast Internet speeds
like those available in larger cities," said Alan Hill, AT&T regional
director. "For consumers living in suburban and urban areas with more high
speed broadband service options, 4G LTE affords new competitive high speed
broadband choices."

Even as AT&T continues to expand its 4G LTE coverage, customers can get 4G
speeds outside of 4G LTE areas on our 4G HSPA+ network, unlike competitors,
where smartphone customers fall back to slower 3G technologies when outside of
LTE coverage.

AT&T's focus to deliver the best possible mobile Internet experience goes
beyond 4G to embrace additional connection technologies. AT&T operates the
nation's largest Wi-Fi network**** including more than 32,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot
Spots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers, and provides
access to more than 402,000 hotspots globally through roaming agreements. Most
AT&T smartphone customers get access to our entire national Wi-Fi network at
no additional cost, and Wi-Fi usage doesn't count against customers' monthly
wireless data plans.

AT&T also is a leading developer of Distributed Antenna Systems, which utilize
multiple small antennas to maximize coverage and speed within stadiums,
convention centers, office buildings, hotels and other areas where traditional
coverage methods are challenging.

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. In a July 2012 report, the Progressive Policy Institute
ranked AT&T No. 1 on its list of U.S. "Investment Heroes."

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and
affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

** Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. LTE is a trademark of ETSI.
Claim based on a comparison of U.S. national carriers' average 4G LTE download
speeds for Android™ and Windows smartphones and iPhone 5. 4G speeds not
available everywhere.

*** 4G LTE device and data plan required: Up to 10x claim compares4G LTE
download speeds to industry average 3G download speeds. Learn more about 4G
LTE at

****A Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See for details and locations.

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the
most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T
operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States
and internationally. With a powerful array of network resources that includes
the nation's largest 4G network. AT&T is a leading provider of wireless,
Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile
Internet, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S.
carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries.
It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse^® and AT&T │DIRECTV
brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is
one of the most advanced in the world.

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