The network expansion to 12 markets coincides with the release of the 4G Nokia Lumia 900 smartphone.
operator AT&T announced plans to expand its 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE)
wireless network by 12 markets starting on April 8, corresponding with the
launch of the Nokia Lumia 900 smartphone.
new markets being added April 8 include Bloomington and Muncie, Ind., along with
Bryan-College Station, Texaswith St. Louis, Mo.; Naples, Fla.; Lafayette, Ind.;
Baton Rouge and New Orleans, La.; Akron, Canton and Cleveland, Ohio; and Staten
Island, New York City, to follow, according to a report
continue to see demand for mobile Internet skyrocket, and our 4G LTE network in
Muncie responds to what customers want from their mobile experiencemore,
faster, on the best devices, said Brian Ducharme, vice president and general
manager of AT&T Indiana and Michigan. An AT&T release said the company
plans to continue to expand its 4G LTE footprint in Indiana over the coming
offers a variety of LTE-compatible devices, including 4G LTE smartphones and
tablets, such as the first LTE Windows Phonethe Nokia Lumia 900the Samsung
Galaxy Note and the Pantech Element tablet. The companys customers have access
to a 4G network that covers nearly 250 million people, and even as the 4G LTE
network expands, AT&T customers are able to access 4G speeds on their
compatible device as they move in and out of LTE areas. The company has two 4G
networks that work together for customers, LTE and HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul.
hotly anticipated Lumia 900 will be available exclusively in the United States
from AT&T on April 8 for $99.99. The smartphone has a 4.3-inch ClearBlack
AMOLED display for bright images both indoors and out and a long-lasting 1,830-mAh
battery, as well as an 8-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, large
aperture (F2.2) and wide-angle focal length (28mm). In addition, the phone
offers Nokia Drive, available to download from Windows Phone Marketplace, which
provides free voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation with a dedicated in-car
user interface that turns the Nokia Lumia 900 into a GPS navigation device.
businesses continue to ratchet up their use of emerging wireless solutions,
including tablet computers, 4G devices and GPS navigation mobile apps, according
to the just-released "2012 AT&T Small Business Technology Poll."
Nearly all small businesses (96 percent) surveyed use wireless technologies in
their operations, with almost two-thirds (63 percent) indicating that they
could not surviveor it would be a major challenge to survivewithout wireless
recent survey of small businesses by AT&T found use of 4G technology is
accelerating. One-third of smartphones used by small businesses for business
purposes are 4G. Nearly nine in 10 (86 percent) of the businesses using 4G
smartphones are satisfied with the speed. Of those who dont have 4G devices,
more than one-third (35 percent) report that they expect to purchase 4G
smartphones within the next year and more than half (54 percent) within the next
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.