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What are AT&T’s plans to bring 4G LTE to Wilmington?

John Peaspanen

When asked about the timeline for AT&T’s 4G LTE rollout in Wilmington, representative Lauren Nichols at the 351 S. College Road store said, “We honestly don’t know. They (AT&T corporate) tell us when it is ready to go.”

According to AT&T’s corporate Web site, it plans to bring 4G LTE to Wilmington no later than the end of 2013. The company has upgraded 4G service in the Raleigh/Durham and Charlotte areas.

Meanwhile, Verizon Assistant Store Manager Brandon Tietjen, 318 S. College Road, reports, “We’ve already got 4G in the Wilmington area. We’ve had that in place for months now.”

Tietjen said Verizon’s 4G network is being “updated on a weekly basis,” to grant customers greater access to the improved service.

The term “4G” stands for “Fourth Generation,” an enhanced technology that allows for faster nationwide mobile broadband speeds. Those who have the required 4G-compatible devices and data plans will be able to access the upgraded network’s faster downloads and data transfers. LTE is an acronym for “Long-Term Evolution,” AT&T’s ongoing deployment of improved wireless service.

— John Peaspanen

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