New wireless technology for AT & T customers was unveiled on Wednesday.
Company officials said their new 4G LTE wireless technology will cover nearly all of Trumbull and Mahoning counties, providing faster wireless Internet, streaming and downloading times.
State Sen. Joe Schiavoni, D-Boardman, touted the upgrade as helpful for businesses.
“You are going to be able to have state of the art everything here when it comes to technology and communication,” said Schiavoni. “It’s very, very important.”
AT & T Ohio President Adam Grzybicki said everything from messaging to surfing the web and playing games will be 10 times faster than 3G service.
“Now in your hand, you actually have speeds that are comparable to your DSL cable, your cable modem service and it is all in the palm of your hand,” said Grzybicki. “What we are doing with our infrastructure is let’s prepare it, let’s make the biggest pipes, let’s make the most robust network possible so whatever usage will look like in five years we will be prepared for it.”
Over the past three years, AT & T has spent close to $1.5 billion expanding and upgrading service in Ohio. Local officials hope the improvement to services locally will attract businesses to the Mahoning Valley.
“That is a part of their checklist. They need to have that access and the speed to be able to do the business,” said Thomas Presby with the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber. “We are dealing with a global economy. They do not need to communicate with people here but elsewhere in the world.”
Since the iPhone was launched in 2007, data numbers have increased by 30,000 percent and continue to rise, according to AT & T.