AT&T officials said today that Raleigh and Charlotte will be among the company's first markets to get upgraded telecommunications service known as 4G.
AT&T customers in two North Carolina cities will get 4G service sometime later this year, said Alison Hall, AT&T's vice president and general manager for consumer markets in the Carolinas.
With competitors marketing 4G services for months now, AT&T is scrambling to meet its own customers' demand for quick downloading of gargantuan files and glitch-free video capability.
4G, a shorthand for fourth-generation technology, allows for wireless Internet speeds that are 5 to 10 times faster than speeds available today. Customers are increasingly demanding those levels of capability to download video, movies and other data to smartphones and other wireless devices.
"Raleigh's going to be on the forefront of that [technology] evolution," Hall said.