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Alltel Wireless rolls out faster broadband network in Columbia


COLUMBIA, S.C. – Alltel Wireless today announced that it is expanding its wireless broadband network with the launch of EVDO (evolution data optimized) Revision A technology in Columbia and surrounding communities, enabling customers to upload files five to 10 times faster than before.

The new Rev. A coverage includes all of Columbia, and extends north to Blythewood, northwest to Irmo, southwest to Gilbert, southeast to Eastover and northeast to the Kershaw County line.

“Alltel Wireless is committed to bringing our customers the fast wireless broadband service they expect in their business and personal lives,” said Ron Senchak, vice president of business solutions for Alltel in South Carolina. “This network upgrade will give our customers secure, reliable access to the latest wireless technology.”

Alltel’s existing broadband Wireless Internet service enables remote access to corporate intranets, productivity enhancing applications and a variety of consumer products, such as Alltel TV. Rev. A will enhance the performance of all of those services.

Customers using Rev. A will experience average upload speeds of 500-800 Kbps with bursts up to 1.8 Mbps. Upload speeds on the company’s existing broadband network average 50-70 Kbps, with bursts up to 144 Kbps, so the enhanced network will be five to 10 times faster.

Download speeds also will increase. Rev. A download speeds average 600 Kbps to 1.4 Mbps, with bursts up to 3.1 Mbps. By comparison, downloads on the existing broadband network average 400-700 Kbps with bursts up to 2.4 Mbps.

Using Rev. A, customers can expect to download a 1 Megabyte e-mail file attachment – the equivalent of a small Power Point® presentation or a large PDF file – in less than 15 seconds and upload the same file in less than 25 seconds.

Alltel Wireless customers will need a Rev. A-capable device to access the company’s enhanced broadband network. Rev. A-capable Wireless Internet cards for laptops include the Kyocera KPC680, the Huawei EC228 USB and the UTStarcom UM 150. Customers with a Huawei EC360 can make their card Rev. A-capable by visiting and downloading the appropriate software for free.

Alltel Wireless has one of the largest EVDO footprints of any U.S. carrier, covering cities such as Cleveland, Charlotte and Tampa, as well as many smaller communities. In addition to the extensive coverage provided by its own network, Alltel’s roaming agreements give its customers with data-card equipped laptops Wireless Internet access in all of the nation’s major metropolitan areas, including New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Both versions of Alltel’s Wireless Internet service – EVDO and Rev. A – are available for $59.99 a month and do not require a voice plan in order to qualify.

Customers also can add unlimited access to 25,000 Wi-Fi hotspots to any Alltel Wireless Internet plan for $9.99 per month by visiting

Alltel Wireless continues to provide choice and control to the customer’s wireless experience. Alltel offers its exclusive “My Circle” feature, giving customers unlimited calling to and from any five, 10 or 20 numbers on any network for free. Alltel Wireless was also the first to offer Anytime Plan Changes, giving customers the flexibility to change their calling plans at any time, without extending their current contract.


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