AT&T expands 4G network in western North Carolina

Feb 18, 2014

AT&T has expanded fast 4G speeds in western North Carolina to Whittier, Bryson City, Otto, Franklin, Robbinsville and Clyde.

These are areas where the majority of mobile Internet traffic now runs over enhanced backhaul — or the cables that connect sites to the overall AT&T network — to provide customers with speeds up to four times faster than 3G.

“This expansion of mobile broadband service will be a tremendous economic boost for the region,” said state Sen. Jim Davis (R-Franklin). “Folks already know that our mountain communities are wonderful places to live, but greater availability of broadband will make us even more appealing, especially for people or companies looking for an exceptional quality of life coupled with the technology to connect them to opportunities or markets worldwide. This is why I continually work to ensure that North Carolina remains a state that encourages and welcomes business investment.”

AT&T recently upgraded eight cell sites to bring customers 4G speeds. This launch is part of AT&T’s Project Velocity IP (VIP), a three-year investment plan announced fall 2012 to expand and enhance its IP broadband networks.

Through this investment, AT&T is supporting its customers’ growing desire for high-speed Internet access and new mobile, app and cloud-based services. As part of Project VIP, AT&T plans to add more than 10,000 macro cell sites nationwide by year-end 2015, as well as deploy more than 40,000 small cells and add more than 1,000 Distributed Antenna Systems to increase the density of its wireless network.

In the first half of 2013, AT&T invested more than $250 million in its wireless and wired networks in North Carolina.

“Demand for wireless speed is growing rapidly, and we are excited to bring these super-fast speeds to residents and businesses in western North Carolina,” said LaVoy Spooner, AT&T’s regional director of External Affairs for western North Carolina.