VAN WERT — Improvements in infrastructure have been completed, so that faster speeds and more efficient Internet service is available in the Van Wert area, according to AT&T.

“AT&T announced this morning that we’ve turned on new infrastructure as of today in the Van Wert area: strong, fast new 4G LTE wireless infrastructure that allows smartphones, tablets & other wireless devices to work much faster and better than before,” stated Holly Hollinsworth AT&T Ohio Senior Public Relations Manager.

The company calls the advancement, “The latest generation of wireless network technology giving customers speeds up to ten times faster than 3G, greater reliability, faster response time, more efficient use of spectrum, and cool, new devices that are compatible with LTE, including new 4G LTE tablets and smartphones.

“I am pleased to see this excellent development. We have been working on ways for northwest Ohio’s businesses and consumers to become even more competitive and it is great to see this project come to fruition,” said State Senator Cliff Hite.

“I’m proud to say that Van Wert is now among the communities enjoying this cutting-edge technology,” said State Representative Tony Burkley. “AT&T’s investment is an example of the company’s overall commitment to this area, and builds on our reputation as a strong region for business investment.”

“This is news that’s truly useful for anyone in your community that uses a mobile phone or other wireless technology,” summarized Hollingsworth.

This expansion is part of AT&T’s Project Velocity IP (VIP), a three-year investment plan announced in Fall 2012 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 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.

“We continue to see demand for mobile Internet skyrocket, and our 4G LTE network in Van Wert responds to what customers want from their mobile experience — more, faster, reliably, on the best devices,” said AT&T External Affairs Director Mark Romito. “We’ll continue to invest and transform our infrastructure in response to the demands of the Ohio marketplace.”