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AT&T close to bringing its LTE to the Big Apple

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AT&T close to bringing its LTE to the Big Apple
Ahh, New York City-the media center of the world. For mobile carriers it's a nightmare. Millions of people walking on the concerete sidewalks, all talking on their cell phones, skyscrapers playing havoc with cell tower signals, thick walled office buildings practically impenetrable to cell phone radio waves. Yet, the Big Apple is undoubtedly a very important place for a carrier to place its flag which is why AT&T's senior VP of corporate communications Larry Solomon said that the company's LTE service will be available soon in the city.

Speaking at the Mashable Media Summit, Solomon brought up the improvements that AT&T was making in New York City such as adding cell sites in the area and rolling out 4G LTE. Solomon said it is part of a $20 billion investment in its network and that LTE is coming soon to the Big Apple. That is great news for AT&T customers living in the city that never sleeps. Last week, AT&T announced that Baltimore, Washington D.C., Boston and Athens, Ga. will also be hooked up to its LTE pipeline starting tomorrow.

At first, there will be no extra charge for AT&T customers using the LTE service which is expected to run at speeds 10 times faster than the carrier's current 3G. That is great news for New Yorkers because if any group of people can appreciate speed, it is them. AT&T's two new LTE enabled handsets, HTC Vivid and Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket will be available Sunday when the service is turned on in the four new locations. By the end of the year, AT&T hopes to have its LTE service blanket 70 million people in 15 metropolitan markets.

source: YouTube, Mashable via engadget

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posted on 05 Nov 2011, 13:28 1

1. omarc26 (Posts: 357; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


What about los angeles??

posted on 05 Nov 2011, 13:51 1

2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5871; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Who cares about Lost Angeles :-) What about S.F.? S.F. and N.Y. seem to have been AT&T's Waterloo for network failures. Why can't AT&T do more than one LTE implementation at the same time? VZW rolled a bunch of cities out in each iteration of their LTE implementation (still are doing multiple city roll-outs).

Is there something so inherently difficult about LTE that AT&T can only do one city at a time? Maybe they should be spending more of their $ on LTE roll-outs instead of dropping it on building a monopoly with their attempted acquisition of T-Mo?

posted on 05 Nov 2011, 14:49 4

4. omarc26 (Posts: 357; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Nobody cares about san fransisco either :P besides LA is more important than SF ... New York,Los Angeles and illinois are the 3 most importants citys in the US ..

posted on 05 Nov 2011, 17:41 1

8. networkdood (Posts: 6276; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Illinois is a state...so do you mean Chicago?

posted on 06 Nov 2011, 01:59 1

20. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Um dude, Illinois is a state.

posted on 06 Nov 2011, 05:53

23. warlockz (Posts: 156; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)


The original post ment cities not states. New York is not a city, its a state, New York City is a city (brooklyn, queens, bronx, manhatten, staten island) Illinois is not a city, Chicago is a city. The only city he got correct was L.A.

posted on 06 Nov 2011, 11:58 1

24. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Stop trying to justify it being correct. I know NY is a damn state, but in this case they are referring to the "city" of New York. The Big Apple.

posted on 05 Nov 2011, 15:09 1

5. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


wtf, those are both good cities to release LTE in, why fight over that? *cough droidxdoug

posted on 05 Nov 2011, 13:53 2

3. Forsaken77 (Posts: 548; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


Awesome news!!! I was wondering how long till I got LTE service here. The article says that those phones are 5-12Mbps? Can't be. LTE tests show speeds in the 20's and I get 5-6Mbps on 3G. Unless they're just saying what the HSPA+ speeds get because LTE is definately faster than 5-12Mbps..

posted on 05 Nov 2011, 17:43

9. networkdood (Posts: 6276; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Not sure why you were thumbed down....faster service is always welcomed...How fast you can go on a phone on a LTE 4G network depends upon:

1) Phone
a) Software
b) Hardware

2) Network

3) Location

posted on 05 Nov 2011, 22:54

17. Forsaken77 (Posts: 548; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


Whoever thumbed me down must've mistaken me for someone that gives a s**t. I guess someone has the impression that it actually means something, lol. Usually when I post it's a day or two later till I come back and the articles are already off the front page so i never see what anyone writes back or tumb-up/down status. I just had this article open from earlier.

posted on 05 Nov 2011, 15:37 1

6. networkdood (Posts: 6276; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


AT&T is not allowing unlimited data for the 4G LTE phones....2GB will be easy to use....

posted on 05 Nov 2011, 16:47

7. warlockz (Posts: 156; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)


Good, maybe their service will improve, their coverage is horrible in nyc especially indoors.

posted on 05 Nov 2011, 18:51

10. JGuinan007 (Posts: 634; Member since: 19 May 2011)


Any word on when LTE is coming to Philadelphia?

posted on 05 Nov 2011, 20:05

11. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


AT&T is so far behind Verizon and then there's Sprint and T Mo who haven't even gotten started yet.

posted on 05 Nov 2011, 20:43

13. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


What does this have to do with iPhone? You seem to be unhealthily obsessed with Apple. Get help.

posted on 05 Nov 2011, 20:52

14. JGuinan007 (Posts: 634; Member since: 19 May 2011)


ATT is upgrading up smart they are building up LTE and backing it up with HSPA+ where Verison has LTE and backing up with 3g

posted on 05 Nov 2011, 21:23

15. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


ATT wants to advertise 4G for the iPhone 4S due to HSPDA.

posted on 05 Nov 2011, 22:04

16. toaster (Posts: 114; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)


Too bad HSPA+ is the slowest of the 4G technologies, and AT&T's HSPA+ is the slowest in America. iPhone users will have to wait till Q3 next year to get LTE, and that's kind of depressing.

posted on 05 Nov 2011, 23:19

18. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


If it was up to me, I wouldn't allow the wireless companies to use 4G. Instead, I would ask them to use 3G+, 3.5G, etc. HSPDA allows for 14.4 Mbps and that is plenty fast compared to 3G. Right now, 2.0 to 3.0 Mbps is great for general web surfing. Thanks to Verizon's 10 to 12 Mbps speeds on my mobile hitspot, I am having a difficult time with 600 kbps speed from Sprint on my Triumph.

posted on 06 Nov 2011, 01:02 1

22. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


How? The iPhone speeds on AT&T are some of the fastest.

posted on 06 Nov 2011, 00:32 1

19. ap1989 (Posts: 145; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


Verizon is better

posted on 06 Nov 2011, 12:00

25. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


You mean overpriced? I do not see how Verizon is better in that they charge you out the glutton for everything, their speed is so much inferior, and they butcher their Android phones with Bing.

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