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AT&T expands LTE coverage in county

AT&T has expanded its Charleston 4G LTE wireless network to additional parts of Kanawha and Putnam counties, the company announced Thursday.

The company originally launched its Charleston LTE network in July, and plans to continue expanding the network's coverage as part of the company's ongoing LTE rollout in the state.

"We've seen positive response from customers on our 4G LTE launch, and as today's expansion shows, we're continuing our rollout of fast 4G LTE speeds to more areas of Charleston," said J. Michael Schweder, president of AT&T's Mid-Atlantic region.

This expansion is part of AT&T's Project Velocity IP, a three-year investment plan announced last fall to expand and enhance its broadband networks.

LTE, which stands for long-term evolution, is the latest form of commercial high-speed wireless communication network technologies. It offers download and mobile browsing speeds 10 times faster than older 3G networks.

Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless carrier by number of subscribers, has had LTE coverage in several West Virginia cities -- including Charleston, Huntington, Beckley and Morgantown -- since last year.

Both companies plan to continue expanding their respective LTE networks across the state over the next few years. 


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