att-lteAT&T customers in the New York City metro area, Austin, Chapel Hill, Los Angeles, Oakland, Orlando, Phoenix, Raleigh, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose markets are going to be seeing some 4G LTE goodness today as AT&T just went live in their neck of the woods! Bring the magic number up to 26 total markets for a coverage of 74 million consumers and AT&T is starting to gain some ground on Verizon who still holds a sizable lead in the LTE race. New York, the source of many of our own writers distress (1, 2)  have long been the victim of the overly saturated network resulting in dropped calls, slow connection speeds, and general misery all around. It will be interesting to see how LTE compares to other markets in New York, and if the network there will support the demand placed upon it.

If you are using a 4G LTE hot rod from AT&T and live in one of these areas, drop a comment and let us know how it is working for you!

AT&T Rolls Out 4G LTE to Customers in 11 More Markets

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, California, January 05, 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.

AT&T customers can choose from a growing lineup of 4G LTE-compatible devices, including HTC Vivid, Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, and LG Nitro HD smartphones and HTC Jetstream and Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 tablets.

Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. 4G speeds delivered by LTE, or HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul, where available. Deployment ongoing. Compatible device and data plan required. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Learn more at att.com/network.

3X claim based on national average iPhone 4S data speeds on AT&T’s network vs. other U.S. networks.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

1 COMMENT

  1. Hey thanks for the pingbacks!

    By the way, just to remove my own possibly distorted opinion on how this guy writes from the equation, who here thinks this bit would have been better off without the entire press release included (or even linked for that matter)? Would Smith’s just paraphrasing it get the job done? I thought I knew the answer, but maybe I’m not as good at knowing what the average reader wants as I think I am.

    I mean, I probably am, but this is my polite way of telling Smith to omit the PRs.

    And to stimulate some comment traffic with a little in-house public insubordination.

    To offer something on-topic, good move for AT&T to get their ass in gear on LTE. In the absence of more spectrum, from what I’ve read on Wikipedia on the subject, LTE offers much greater spectral efficiency, at least double, versus HSDPA (and HSPA and HSPA+). Spectral efficiency basically is a measure of how many phones in a given area in a given range of bandwidth you can comfortably accommodate, like in a sports stadium blanketed with towers, and if I’m not mistaken using LTE lets you handle at least twice as many users using the network just as much as HSDPA does. And even more versus WiMAX which sucks so bad at this, hence everyone’s move to LTE.

    It’s not a matter, I don’t believe, in a place like New York City for AT&T not being able to handle the load in midtown Manhattan on a weekday of the number of towers they have in the area or a matter of backhaul, the link of those towers to the Internet, but because they A) don’t have enough spectrum and B) aren’t taking advantage of the spectrum they already have fully enough.

    They can attempt to attack A) with lawyers and lobbyists but they can more effectively attack B) with LTE deployment and ignition.

    Read this Smith, it’s juicy stuff. And paste it next time instead of the PR no one reads that just makes people have to scroll down further to read my awesome comments.

    Wikipedia: System spectral efficiency

    I don’t know if LTE is just twice as good with this respect to HSDPA (it crushes CDMA) or if this is an exponential scale.

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