Customers are reporting speeds of up to 27Mbps when downloading and 15Mbps on uploads, which isn’t too shabby at all. Of course there aren’t many LTE phones on AT&Ts network, so early adopters probably won’t see much network congestion until LTE handsets become the norm over the next year or so. If a different sort of “big Apple” ships with LTE in 2012, it may provide the first real test of AT&Ts network under a large load.
The New York rollout expands AT&T’s nascent LTE network, with New York being the 16th market to see the LTE network switched on. AT&T's network is expected to expand rapidly the next two years, more than doubling in 2012, and covering the vast majority of U.S. markets by the end of 2013.