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October 05, 2018

AT&T Launches 5G Evolution in Wheeling

Posted by AT&T West Virginia Team
This Lays the Foundation for Future Mobile 5G Wireless Connectivity Locally

AT&T* is proud to make the best network according to America’s biggest test1 even better by announcing the launch of 5G Evolution network technologies in Wheeling today. This is one of the 239 markets where this technology is live. We plan to offer 5G Evolution in over 400 markets by the end of the year. In the first half of 2019 we plan to offer nationwide coverage, making 5G Evolution available to over 200 million people.

5G Evolution markets are locations where we’ve deployed technologies that enable a peak theoretical speed for capable devices of at least 400 megabits per second.2 With 5G Evolution technologies, AT&T is laying the foundation for our path to mobile 5G. With 5G Evolution, residents and businesses of Wheeling will experience the next generation of mobile connectivity.

Check out this blog from Kevin Petersen, senior vice president of device and network experiences, to learn where 5G Evolution technologies are available, a list of capable devices and more about how these technologies continue to lay the foundation for mobile 5G.

“Private sector investment in technology infrastructure in West Virginia is something we appreciate and in many cases depend on,” said Erikka Storch, President, Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce. “AT&T’s rollout of 5G Evolution in Wheeling will help our businesses, residents and visitors take advantage of future technologies and opportunities.”

“Our 5G Evolution technology boosts the existing LTE network and primes it for the future of connectivity,” said J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Mid Atlantic.  “We can enable faster speeds now, and upgrade to 5G when it’s ready. We’re pleased to bring these advances into more communities today.”

And, as mobile data usage continues to rise – an increase of more than 360,000% on our network in the past 7 years – our investment in 5G Evolution is crucial to deliver standards-based mobile 5G networks starting in 2018. We plan to introduce standards-based mobile 5G in 12 cities this year, reaching a total of at least 19 cities in early 2019.

We’ve invested more than $150 million in our West Virginia wireless and wired networks during 2015-2017. These investments bring the latest in connectivity to people across the state and boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. We’ve also improved critical services that support public safety and first responders. In 2017, AT&T made more than 530 wireless network upgrades in West Virginia.

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1 Based on GWS OneScore Sept. 2018. Excludes crowd source studies.

2 Actual speeds are lower and will vary.  See for more information on wireless speeds.

*About AT&T Communications

We help family, friends and neighbors connect in meaningful ways every day. From the first phone call 140+ years ago to mobile video streaming, we innovate to improve lives. We have the nation’s largest and most reliable network and the nation’s best network for video streaming.** We’re building FirstNet just for first responders and creating next-generation mobile 5G. With DIRECTV and DIRECTV NOW, we deliver entertainment people love to talk about. Our smart, highly secure solutions serve over 3 million global businesses – nearly all of the Fortune 1000. And worldwide, our spirit of service drives employees to give back to their communities.  AT&T Communications is part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). Learn more at

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**Coverage not available everywhere. Based on overall coverage in U.S. licensed/roaming areas. Reliability based on voice and data performance from independent 3rd party data.

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August 17, 2018

AT&T Invests More Than $150 Million Over 3-Year Period to Boost Networks in West Virginia

Posted by AT&T West Virginia Team
At AT&T[i], we invested more than $150 million in our West Virginia wireless and wired networks during 2015-2017. These investments boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for...
April 26, 2018

AT&T Employees in West Virginia Honored for Their Commitment to the Community

Posted by AT&T West Virginia Team
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March 22, 2018

AT&T Sets Up Virtual Reality Experience at West Virginia Department of Agriculture HQ

Posted by AT&T Newsroom
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January 09, 2018

AT&T helps celebrate Reconnecting McDowell Partnership’s Sixth Anniversary, announces $200,000 contribution

Posted by AT&T West Virginia Team
Gains cited in McDowell’s student performance, access to health-social-emotional services Launched six years ago by Gayle Manchin and the American Federation of Teachers to help revive an...