Alltel Wireless announced this week that it will expand its wireless broadband network with the launch of EVDO (evolution data optimized) Revision A technology in Charlotte and surrounding communities, enabling customers to upload files five to 10 times faster than before, according to a company statement.

The new Rev. A coverage includes Mint Hill, Matthews, and Pineville. It extends north along Interstate 77 to Lake Norman, northeast along I-85 to Kannapolis, southwest along U.S. Highway 74 to Wingate, and west along I-85 to Gastonia. The coverage also extends south along I-77 into South Carolina, where Rev. A now is available in Rock Hill, Lesslie, McConnells and Fort Lawn.

“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 North 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, the company said, adding that 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, the company said in its announcement.

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, Phoenix and Tampa, as well as many smaller communities, Alltel said in its materials. 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.