AT&T Expands 4G Network to Molokai
AT&T News Release
Telecommunications company AT&T has expanded fast 4G LTE speeds to Molokai, where the majority of its mobile Internet traffic now runs over enhanced backhaul – or the cables that connect sites to the overall AT&T network. The expansion provides customers with speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G.
Customers can now enjoy 4G LTE speeds in Maunaloa, expanding coverage and capacity for the western half of the island. “4G” refers to the fourth generation mobile communication technology standards providing mobile ultra-broadband Internet access. LTE stands for Long Term Evolution, wireless communication of high-speed data for mobile phones and data terminals.
“Demand for wireless speed is growing rapidly, and we are excited to bring these super-fast speeds to residents and businesses on Molokai,” said Tammi Terrell, vice president general manager of AT&T Hawaii.
This launch is part of AT&T’s Project Velocity IP (VIP), a three-year investment plan announced last fall 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.
AT&T invested nearly $20 million in its Hawaii wireless and wired networks so far this year.
These projects build on the nearly $110 million AT&T has invested in its wireless and wired networks in Hawaii from 2010 through 2012.