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AT&T planning 4G LTE upgrade within 11 new cities


According to a statement issued by AT&T earlier today, the wireless provider is planning to roll out 4G LTE service to eleven new cities in addition to expanding existing 4G service within New York City to the Staten Island market. The majority of New York City was previously upgraded during January 2012 in addition to popular cities like Los Angeles, Phoenix and Chicago. The 4G LTE service expansion that was announced today will take place over April and May, but could push into the early summer.

Cities receiving the 4G LTE upgrade this spring from AT&T include:

  • Naples, Florida
  • Bloomington, Indiana
  • Lafayette, Indiana
  • Muncie, Indiana
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Akron, Ohio
  • Canton, Ohio
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Bryan-College Station, Texas

With AT&T currently operating the 4G LTE network within 28 markets around the United States, this new addition will bring the total number of markets served to forty. However, this pales in comparison to Verizon as the rival wireless provider is just four markets shy of hitting 200. Sprint has plans to finally offer 4G service within ten markets during June 2012 and T-Mobile is waiting until 2013 to launch a 4G LTE network.

In addition to Apple’s new iPad, other devices that will operate on AT&T’s 4G LTE network include the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy Note as well as the upcoming Nokia Lumia 900. According to AT&T, the 4G LTE network offers download speeds up to ten times faster than a 3G connection and the alternative HSPA+ network offers speeds that are four times faster than 3G. Due to the vague language around the meaning of 4G within the marketplace, AT&T claims that the HSPA+ network is technically 4G. After upgrading to iOS 5.1, iPhone 4S owners watched the 3G icon change to 4G when connected to the HSPA+ network.

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