AT&T just revealed its 4G LTE now blankets over 150 million people across the United States, more than doubling where it stood at the end of 2011 in terms of people covered, and now it plans to push full steam ahead by expanding to 103 markets total, with more expected by the end of 2012.
The carrier further noted its 4G LTE coverage is “part of the nation’s largest 4G network” that services 3,000 more 4G areas than Verizon currently does (although much of that is slower HSPA 4G).
Moreover, as AT&T’s 4G LTE coverage continues to widen, customers can access 4G speeds “outside of 4G LTE areas on the nation’s largest 4G network, unlike competitors, whose smartphone customers fall back to slower 3G technologies when outside of LTE coverage.”
4G LTE expansions announced today:
- Charleston, S.C.
- Columbia, S.C.
- Greenville, S.C.
- Columbus, Ohio
- Toledo, Ohio
- Corvallis, Ore.
- Eugene, Ore.
- El Paso, Texas
- Jonesboro, Ark.
- Mobile, Ala.
- Pensacola, Fla.
- Portland, Maine
- Saratoga Springs, N.Y,
- South Bend-Mishawaka, Ind.
- Bridgeport, CT expansion (in Fairfield County/Danbury)
- South Detroit expansion (in Monroe/Downriver)
Today’s expansion notice comes just two days after the carrier also announced its 4G LTE network would light up in Daytona Beach, Fla. Denver, Colo., Louisville, K.Y., Milwaukee, Wis., Provo-Orem, Utah, Tacoma, Wash., York, Pa., and Washington D.C.
Get the full press release below.
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AT&T 4G LTE Coverage Doubled In 2012
DALLAS, Nov. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — AT&T* 4G LTE now covers more than 150 million people across the United States. The coverage is more than double AT&T’s 4G LTE coverage at the end of 2011, with still more expansion planned through the end of the year.
AT&T plans to expand 4G LTE to 250 million people by year-end 2013 and to 300 million by year-end 2014. AT&T 4G LTE is in 103 markets today.
AT&T’s 4G LTE network delivered faster average download speeds than any other carrier in PCWorld‘s most recent 13-market speed tests. Even as AT&T continues to expand its 4G LTE coverage, customers can still get 4G speeds outside of 4G LTE areas on the nation’s largest 4G network, unlike competitors, whose smartphone customers fall back to slower 3G technologies when outside of LTE coverage.
Telecommunications industry analyst firm Frost and Sullivan has recognized AT&T with its 2012 North American Mobile Network Strategy Award for the second year in a row. AT&T received the award for its rapid, broad and simultaneous deployment of high-speed 4G LTE and 4G HSPA+ technologies.
AT&T 4G LTE is part of the nation’s largest 4G network, which covers more than 285 million people and 3,000 more 4G cities and towns than Verizon.**