May 25 AT 11:21 AM Edgar Cervantes 5 Comments

Official: AT&T bringing 4G LTE speeds to 5 markets this summer

It must be mentioned that AT&T is not keeping satisfaction very high when it comes to their 4G network. Though this carrier has the largest 4G coverage out of the four major carriers, backhaul hasn’t been deployed in most markets. If AT&T’s HSPA+ network doesn’t convince you yet, the following network very well might. AT&T is finally rolling out their new 4G LTE network this summer, starting with the following 5 markets:

  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • Chicago
  • Atlanta
  • San Antonio
  • AT&T plans to bring some LTE action to 10 or more other markets during the second half of the year, and claims that it will cover about 70 million Americans by the end of the year. Consumers will be able to take advantage of 4G speeds through the twenty 4G devices that this carrier will be adding to its repertoire. AT&T also mentions that only “some” of these devices will be LTE capable, leaving us quite confused about what we should expect. Let’s just hope some of those are Android-powered devices!

    What do you guys say? Are you looking forward to see how much AT&T improves with the release of their new 4G LTE network? Do you think AT&T will be able to hold some competition against the other big boys on the block, like Verizon (which also has an LTE network)?

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    AT&T’s 4G Evolution
    Dallas, Texas, May 25, 2011
    By John Donovan, AT&T Chief Technology Officer

    AT&T has delivered five mobile broadband speed upgrades in recent years, including our HSPA+ deployment last year. And average nationwide speeds on the AT&T network have increased – more than 40 percent over the past two years alone.

    The next network evolution will arrive this summer with the addition of LTE in five markets – Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta and San Antonio. We plan to add another 10 or more markets in the second half of the year, and cover 70 million Americans with LTE by year-end. We also have plans to add 20 4G devices to our robust device portfolio this year, with some of those being LTE capable.

    We’re positioning to deliver a great mobile broadband experience in the near term with HSPA+ and a growing LTE footprint.

    We’ve invested $75 billion in our wireless and wired networks over the last four years – more capital invested in the U.S. than any company in any industry. And we plan to invest $19 billion in our wireless and wireline networks and other capital projects this year. The investments we’ve made to evolve our mobile broadband network in recent years, plus what we have planned for the future, put our customers in position to benefit fully from a host of coming mobile broadband innovations.

    Via: Phandroid

    Source: AT&T

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    • http://Website Terry Hardie

      As far as I know, AT&T has _NO_ LTE phone (android or otherwise), so the statement is very misleading. There’s going to be a lot of AT&T “4G” customers very unhappy that the phone they bought just a few months ago, can’t use the “new 4G” (read: LTE) network… All they’ll see is much lower performance than expected, and the stigma that AT&T’s network is the slowest in the industry will continue to grow :(

    • http://Website Noriega713

      Please correct me if im wrong but look at the Inspire 4G… In the At$t page it said its “4G* – HSPA+/LTE”…So it means it is LTE capable…right?*&q_sku=sku5100284#fbid=MUpE-RZ-_Rn

      It is on the bottom left hand side of the page…

      • http://Website Noriega713

        Also it seems that the Atrix is like this also…weird…

      • Edgar Cervantes

        The section that you refer to is the category, whether it has the technology or not, that is displayed next to it. For the Inspire it reads as follows: “HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul,” so no, it isn’t LTE capable.

    • mavricxx

      Who cares! They’re just gonna charge you for “LTE” like Sprint charges you for 4G. Besides, AT&T is SCUM!!!