AT&T announces new LTE cities including Cleveland, St. Louis and Naples

AT&T announces new LTE cities including Cleveland, St. Louis and Naples
AT&T has announced that it is expanding its 4G LTE network to a number of new cities starting next month, going into May and into the Summer. The cities being added include Cleveland, Akron and Canton, Ohio; Naples, Fla.; Bloomington, Lafayette and Muncie, Ind.; Baton Rouge and New Orleans, La.; St. Louis, Mo; Bryan-College Station, Texas; and Staten Island in New York City.

AT&T claims that its LTE pipeline offers speeds as much as ten times faster than 3G which means faster video streaming, download games faster and browse the web more quickly. It also means that AT&T customers will have the option of buying LTE powered models like the Samsung GALAXY Note LTE and the Pantech Element tablet. The carrier also notes how wireless spectrum is a finite resource and that LTE uses spectrum more efficiently than other technologies which allows more data traffic to travel through the same amount of spectrum used by other wireless methods.

The nation's second largest carrier will still trail Verizon Wireless in terms of its LTE footprint. With more than 20 LTE devices in its lineup and with coverage of over 200 million POPs, Big Red is well ahead of AT&T when it comes to the technology. But to show how hard it is to get customers to make the move to 4G, as of last month only 5% of Verizon's customers are using its LTE network.

source: AT&T
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