AT&T Prepares to Launch LTE 4G Network in 5 Cities This Summer


AT&T today announced that it will launch its next-generation LTE 4G wireless network in five U.S. cities "this summer": Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta, and San Antonio. An additional ten unnamed markets are planned to see LTE roll out in the second half of the year with AT&T aiming to cover 70 million Americans by the end of the year.
AT&T has delivered five mobile broadband speed upgrades in recent years, including our HSPA+ deployment last year. And average nationwide speeds on the AT&T network have increased - more than 40 percent over the past two years alone.

The next network evolution will arrive this summer with the addition of LTE in five markets - Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta and San Antonio. We plan to add another 10 or more markets in the second half of the year, and cover 70 million Americans with LTE by year-end. We also have plans to add 20 4G devices to our robust device portfolio this year, with some of those being LTE capable.
The announcement indicates that AT&T remains on schedule for its LTE rollout and offers the first word on launch markets for the service.

Many observers had been hoping that Apple might include LTE technology in the next iPhone, particularly given rumors that Apple won't be introducing the handset until several months after its usual annual update window, but increasing numbers of reports are indicating that LTE won't make it into the new iPhone, simply because the chips required by Apple won't be available until late this year. Apple has stated that the current generation of LTE chips requires handset design compromises that the company is not willing to make.

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111 months ago

No major cities = fails.

New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco these are the cities that matter not Chicago, Atlanta and Houston.


Chicago and Houston rank third and fourth, respectively, in the list of U.S. cities by population. San Francisco, with fewer than 1 million people, ranks 13th. Atlanta, admittedly, ranks 40th.

if you prefer metro areas to population within city limits, then Chicago/Joliet/Naperville and Houston/Sugar Land/Baytown rank third and sixth, respectively. Atlanta/Sandy Springs/Marietta ranks 9th, while San Francisco/Oakland/Fremont ranks 11th.

Not knowing basic U.S. geography nor knowing how to use Google to look up facts about basic U.S. geography = fails.
Rating: 27 Votes
111 months ago

No major cities = fails.

New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco these are the cities that matter not Chicago, Atlanta and Houston.


Chicago is the third largest city in the US. How does it "not matter?"
Rating: 23 Votes
111 months ago

No major cities = fails.

New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco these are the cities that matter not Chicago, Atlanta and Houston.


Wow, elitist much?

You do realize that Chicago and Houston are both larger than San Francisco, right? Also, I'm sure those living in the aforementioned cities don't echo your sentiments.
Rating: 15 Votes
111 months ago

Testing something new in only major markets first = fail

Come on now. Be serious.


Sounds to me like they've already done the testing. Rollout doesn't mean testing...unless you're Google.
Rating: 14 Votes
111 months ago

No major cities = fails.

New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco these are the cities that matter not Chicago, Atlanta and Houston.


Testing something new in only major markets first = fail

Come on now. Be serious.
Rating: 8 Votes
111 months ago
Why just Texas? Why?!


Edit -

Before you quote me, answer is on Post #92 and #93 of this same thread.
Rating: 6 Votes
111 months ago

Silicon Valley in the bay area is one of the most important aspects of the economy. What does Chicago have that even comes close? Sorry to break it to you but Chicago along with the rest of those cities are in the flyover states.


We're still the industrial center of the country and we have many major corporations with headquarters in our city including those involved in the technology sector. Silicon Valley is important as it's related to tech but all it takes is another bubble to bring it to it's knees.
Rating: 5 Votes
111 months ago

No major cities = fails.

New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco these are the cities that matter not Chicago, Atlanta and Houston.


Hate to break it to you, bud, but Chicago plays a bigger role than San Francisco in the overall economy.
Rating: 5 Votes
111 months ago
Can't we finish the 3G roll-out first? :confused:


Heck, I'd be happy if they'd finish the EDGE roll-out first. :eek:
Rating: 5 Votes
111 months ago
Nice! I just wish there were some more cities in Texas getting the 4G speeds.
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