AT&T made a slow start with its 4G LTE network, but things are looking bright this year. The carrier has just flipped the LTE switch for 11 new markets, for a total of 26 markets in the US. This translates to 74 million customers.
AT&T is now reaching a greater audience with its 4G LTE network. With speeds topping out at 65 Mbps (this is before network congestion), this should be a great option for AT&T customers that happen to have LTE coverage.
Here are the new markets:
- New York City metro area
- Chapel Hill
- Los Angeles
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- San Jose
Markets added in 2011
- Athens, Ga.
- Dallas-Fort Worth
- Kansas City
- Las Vegas
- Oklahoma City
- San Antonio
- San Juan, Puerto Rico
- Washington, D.C.
Much like other carriers, AT&T is investing a substantial amount of effort and money in its 4G LTE network. AT&T will surely be adding many markets soon enough, and is expecting that its 4G LTE deployment to be largely complete by the end of 2013. Let’s see if AT&T can beat Verizon for it. They did promise the same.
Either way, I am now covered. Let’s hope some review units come this way soon enough. Are you living in one of these markets? Excited to try AT&T’s 4G LTE? We know many of our readers are not very fond of AT&T, so let us know what you think.Show Press Release
AT&T 4G LTE Now Available in 26 Markets Including NYC Metro, San Francisco, Los Angeles
AT&T’s Blazing Fast 4G Speeds, Device Lineup, Apps Will Make for Best Customer Mobile Broadband Experience
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 5, 2012 — AT&T* customers are now enjoying blazing fast 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) speeds in 11 more markets, including New York City metro area, San Francisco and Los Angeles. This addition makes AT&T 4G LTE available in a total of 26 markets to 74 million consumers. John Stankey, President and Chief Executive Officer-AT&T Business Solutions, provided an update at Citi’s 22nd Annual Global Entertainment, Media and Telecommunications Conference in San Francisco.
New markets where AT&T 4G LTE is now available are: New York City metro area, Austin, Chapel Hill, Los Angeles, Oakland, Orlando, Phoenix, Raleigh, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose.
The expansion adds to 15 AT&T 4G LTE markets launched in 2011: Athens, Ga.; Atlanta; Baltimore; Boston; Charlotte; Chicago; Dallas-Fort Worth; Houston; Indianapolis; Kansas City; Las Vegas; Oklahoma City; San Antonio; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Washington, D.C.
“We’re building a 4G LTE network that’s blazing fast, and we offer dual layers of 4G technologies to provide customers with a more consistent speed experience,” said Stankey. “Our network, together with our unsurpassed 4G device portfolio and innovative applications, will give our customers an industry-leading mobile broadband experience.”
AT&T is the only U.S. carrier providing 4G using both HSPA+ and LTE technologies. HSPA+, when combined with enhanced backhaul, provides customers with access to 4G speeds — meaning AT&T customers get a faster and more consistent 4G experience on their compatible devices, even when outside of a 4G LTE area. Customers of other carriers that have transitioned to 4G LTE without further speed upgrades to their existing networks are likely to see a jarring drop-off in speeds when they move out of LTE coverage.
Another benefit of AT&T’s network strategy is that only AT&T’s network lets your iPhone 4S download three times faster.
AT&T’s mobile broadband service currently covers 284 million people and more than 90 percent of the population, including the top 100 U.S. markets.
AT&T expects its 4G LTE deployment to be largely complete by the end of 2013.