ALBANY, Ga. — Telecommunications giant AT&T has flipped the switch on its 4G LTE network in Albany, company officials say.
The change means that AT&T customers in Albany with advanced smartphones and tablets can now download data, music and movies on a much faster network.
“We continue to see demand for mobile Internet skyrocket, and our 4G LTE network in Albany responds to what customers want from their mobile experience — more, faster, on the best devices,” Courtney Brinson, the regional director of AT&T Georgia external affairs, said in a news release Tuesday.
Getting beyond all of the technical jargon, 4G LTE service is basically the next evolution in cellular network technology. The "4G" stands for the fourth generation of cellular development, while LTE, according to technology blog techradar.com, stands for Long-Term Evolution, which is a growing trend to provide a global standard for cellular data advancements.
What it means for consumers, AT&T says, is that they'll be able to download more data faster if they have compatible smartphones.
AT&T is the second major telecommunications giant to provide 4G LTE service in Albany. Last October, Verizon launched its 4G LTE service in the Albany metro area, providing faster download speeds to its customers.