AT&T adds cell sites in Elgin
From Submitted Reports September 12, 2013 4:58PM
Updated: October 16, 2013 6:24AM
ELGIN — AT&T announced that it has upgraded additional mobile Internet cell sites in the city to expand AT&T 4G LTE coverage for area residents and businesses.
AT&T 4G LTE is the latest generation of wireless network technology and provides several benefits for local residents, including faster mobile Internet speeds, improved performance and innovative new 4G LTE-compatible devices, according to a release from the company.
Residents along Congdon Avenue just east of Dundee Avenue will be seeing improved performance on their AT&T devices, it said.
AT&T launched its 4G LTE network in Chicago in September 2011. The new cell sites are one part of AT&T’s ongoing efforts to expand 4G LTE coverage and to drive investment and innovation, according to the release.
“Our goal is for our customers to have an extraordinary experience, and they’ll be able to download, upload, stream and game faster than ever before on our 4G LTE network,” said AT&T Illinois President Paul La Schiazza in the release. “Consumers are leading the transition to a communications infrastructure that is based on next-generation Internet and wireless services. We’re always looking for new opportunities to provide enhanced coverage, and our investment in the Elgin wireless network is another way we’re accomplishing that.”
AT&T’s work has resulted in the nation’s largest 4G network, covering 288 million people with ultra-fast speeds and a more consistent user experience, the release said, adding that its 4G LTE network delivered faster average download speeds than any of competitors in PCWorld’s most recent 13-market speed tests.
According to the release, AT&T’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 its 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 the user’s request isn’t traveling as far, it said. 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,” the release said.