AT&T announced today that it has officially flipped the on switch for its 4G LTE network in a number of major US markets, including the metro areas of New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco. This bring AT&T’s total number of US markets with 4G LTE to 26.
The full list of markets with AT&T 4G LTE includes:
• New York City
• Los Angeles
• San Francisco
• Chapel Hill
• San Diego
• San Jose
• Athens, Ga.
• Dallas-Fort Worth
• Kansas City
• Las Vegas
• Oklahoma City
• San Antonio
• San Juan, Puerto Rico
• Washington, D.C
Today’s expansion delivers 4G LTE connectivity to more than 74 million potential wireless customers, AT&T says. Markets that do not yet have LTE can only connect to AT&T’s relatively slow HSPA+ network. According to a report from Reuters, AT&T expects to complete rollout of its LTE network nationwide by the end of 2013 — which is roughly two years from now.
“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 John Stankey, AT&T President and CEO, in a statement. “Our network, together with our unsurpassed 4G device portfolio and innovative applications, will give our customers an industry-leading mobile broadband experience.”
While adding 4G LTE service to markets like New York and LA is certainly a step in the right direction, AT&T still lags behind Verizon, which began its LTE network rollout at the end of 2010. Verizon’s network is currently available in 38 metro areas across the country. Because of its slower LTE rollout, AT&T also offers few LTE-enabled devices, with only the HTC Vivid and Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket (pictured above) in its roster. With these new, key markets turned on, we expect to see a variety of additional 4G LTE handsets on AT&T soon.
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