AT&T to roll out LTE to 5 cities this summer
Although AT&T has had its own version of “4G”for a few months now with its HSPA+ network, it is now looking to bring real “4G” to 5 lucky US cities this summer.
AT&T will bring LTE to the following cities: Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta, and San Antonio. AT&T initially planned last year to have its LTE network started in mid 2011 and have it serving 70-75 million Americans by the end of the year. A few months ago, the company changed their plan. They claimed that they would be the only company to offer HSPA+, a faster 3G variant, and LTE simultaneously. They said that they would have the LTE network completed by the end of 2013.
AT&T also mentioned today that they plan on releasing 20 4G devices on their network by the end of the year, with some of them being LTE capable. The carrier plans on adding LTE to ten or more more cities if the initial five go well. AT&T still has a ways to go to catch up to Verizon, who launched LTE in December 2010 in 38 states. Although, AT&T does have a faster 3G market with HSPA+ than Verizon’s CMDA, but AT&T markets their HSPA+ as 4G. AT&T users will rejoice when their speeds will be able to rival and possibly beat Verizon’s.