AT&T has completed the acquisition of Alltel in North Carolina and will launch its services for more than 60,000 former Alltel customers across the state.
AT&T announced Wednesday it upgraded Alltel’s network with its 4G LTE network in counties including Alexander, Anson, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Montgomery, Richmond and Scotland. AT&T acquired Alltel’s wireless operations in September 2013.
AT&T’s 4G LTE network covers more than 300 million people nationwide. According to the company, 4G LTE offers speeds up to 10 times faster than the 3G speeds on the former Alltel network. AT&T also said it offers more cell towers and better call quality than on the Alltel network.
Former Alltel customers needed new handsets to use the AT&T network, and AT&T said they were given either free devices or special offers for new devices earlier this year.