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ROCKINGHAM — AT&T cellphone and mobile device customers in Richmond County should see faster Web-surfing and download speeds as the company rolls out its 4G LTE network.

AT&T has turned on its enhanced high-speed network in Rockingham, the mobile carrier said Wednesday. The fourth-generation, long-term evolution or 4G LTE service offers faster and more reliable Internet access.

“Advanced wireless broadband is increasingly important for economic growth development, for quality of life and for security of our citizens,”state Sen. Gene McLaurin, D-Richmond, said in an AT&T news release. “And it can help improve education by expanding opportunities for learning far beyond the four walls of a classroom. New technology like this plays an important role in helping build the kind of future we want for our community and our families.”

The expansion is part of AT&T’s Project Velocity IP, a three-year investment plan announced in fall 2012 to expand and enhance its IP broadband networks. As part of Project VIP, AT&T plans to add macro cell sites nationwide by year-end 2015, as well as deploy small cells and add distributed antenna systems to increase the density of its wireless network.

LTE technology offers lower latency than other wireless technologies, which means faster processing time to move data through a network, such as initiating a Web page or file download. Lower latency helps to improve services like mobile gaming, two-way video calling and telemedicine, according to AT&T.

Wireless spectrum is a finite resource, and LTE uses spectrum more efficiently than other technologies, creating more space to carry data traffic and services and to deliver a better network experience.

“We continue to see demand for mobile Internet skyrocket, and our 4G LTE network in Rockingham responds to what customers want from their mobile experience — more, faster, reliably, on the best devices,” John Lyon, AT&T’s regional director for external affairs, said in the release.

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