CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- AT&T launched its 4G LTE network in Charleston Wednesday.The new network will provide faster speeds, new 4G LTE compatible devices and a larger network creating more room for data traffic, the company announced."I'm proud to say that Charleston is among the communities enjoying this cutting-edge technology," Matthew Ballard, president and CEO of the Charleston Area Alliance, said in a prepared statement. "AT&T's investment is an example of the company's overall commitment to West Virginia and builds on our reputation as a strong state for business investment." In the last five years, AT&T invested nearly $98 billion into its wireless and wire line networks across the country, according to the statement.
Since 2011, in West Virginia alone, AT&T has invested $150 million in wireless network upgrades, said Tom Schindler, AT&T director of sales for West Virginia.Currently, 4G LTE services are available in Huntington, Beckley, Lewisburg and Morgantown."We're so excited to launch our super-fast network in Charleston," Schindler said. "To be able to bring it to Charleston is just very special."Schindler said many customers using smart phones such as the iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy 4S and Nokia Lumia would have access to the 4G LTE network. "We want to make sure we're on the cutting edge of technology, bringing the highest quality to our customers," Schindler said.Reach Caitlin Cook at email@example.com or 304-348-5113.