AT&T customers can now travel between Lincoln and Omaha without a slowdown in mobile service.
AT&T expanded its high-speed 4G LTE service in Nebraska Thursday, turning on its network in Lincoln and along the Interstate 80 corridor between Lincoln and Omaha. The service has been available in Omaha since September.
The network brings faster speeds, allowing customers to stream video and music, play games and upload and download information faster.
Verizon has offered 4G LTE in Omaha since August 2011 and since November 2011 in Lincoln and along the I-80 corridor between Lincoln and Omaha. U.S. Cellular said in February that Lincoln and Omaha will be among the cities that will receive its 4G LTE service by the end of 2013.
“We continue to see demand for mobile Internet skyrocket, and our 4G LTE network in Lincoln responds to what customers want from their mobile experience — more, faster, on the best devices,” said Beth Canuteson, regional vice president for AT&T Nebraska.
AT&T customers in Lincoln haven’t had to rely on much-slower 3G service. The network was providing what’s called a 4G HSPA+ network, a middle ground that’s faster than 3G but not as fast as 4G LTE. So customers going from Omaha to Lincoln may not have noticed the “whiplash” that occurs when entering a slower service area, spokesman Alex Carey said.
AT&T will work to expand its 4G LTE service in pockets around the Lincoln and Omaha metro areas before adding the service in new Nebraska markets, Carey said.
AT&T said it has invested more than $90 million in Nebraska since 2010.