AT&T blessing the skies of 6 more cities with LTE today

AT&T blessing the skies of 6 more cities with LTE today
They may have shown up late to the 4G LTE party, but at least AT&T appears to be trying to catch up to front-runner Verizon as the carrier is lighting up 6 more city skies with their 4G LTE network today.

The addition of these six new markets brings AT&T’s grand total to 15. However that pales in comparison to the number of cities Verizon has blanketed with their own LTE network as their totals creep towards 179. Don’t expect any more cities to get the LTE treatment from AT&T this year unfortunately because the company’s goal from the beginning was to have 15 markets covered by the end of the year.

The six new markets getting their serving of LTE today are Las Vegas, NV, Oklahoma City, OK, Kansas City, MO, Charlotte, NC, Indianapolis, IN and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Although their goal was only 15 by the end of the year maybe AT&T will surprise us and add some more markets to the mix before the end of 2011.

Even though AT&T is adding a few 4G LTE markets here and there, they still have a long way to go to catch up to Verizon. They had to start somewhere though and with the launch of devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and the HTC Vivid to accompany their 4G LTE network they were able to hit the ground running. Will AT&T ever catch up to Verizon? Tell us what you think.

source: Mobile Burn    

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1. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I live n Vegas. I have an iPhone 4S,but skyrocket here I come.

3. willardcw4

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 01, 2011

I live in Vegas too.. I think I'll wait for a better LTE phone to come out on AT&T..

27. nexusISbleh

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

It's not even about speed what I really care about is dependability. Why don't these companies invest in coverage over speed, like a full signal strength of even sprint can stream netflix just fine but most of the time the coverage just bounces...WTF??

40. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Why downgrade to an inferior phone?

2. Tre-Nitty

Posts: 470; Member since: Nov 16, 2010

Att wont catch Verizon anytime soon. Verizon invests heavily in their network, Att not so much. I have Att and its fast but they could light up LTE alot faster than they currently are.

4. Mojobobo

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

you are definitely right, but there are some markets like up in minnesota where its snows about this season, so its gonna be a little tough to have them light up the LTE out there faster than what you would want

32. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

After ATT acquires T-mobile, it will be a different ball game.

41. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Riight, because Verizon has to do something with the money they scre...I mean make off their suc...I mean customers with their high priced plans. They totally updated their network with tiered data lol.

44. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 2011

well at&t isn't exactly cheaper either, they spend more on Apple and buying small carriers than on its network.

46. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yet, ATT charges the same and has a crappier network than Tmobile. So if VZW customers are suckers.. what are ATT customers?? lol.

5. omarc26

Posts: 360; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Yay san juan puerto rico is on the list my second home.. my sister that lives over there will be happy cuz she on at&t, puerto rico is one of the places at&t got LTE and verizon doesn't cuz verizon doesn't exist in PR or US virgin islands. Kinda sukz cuz everytime I would go to puerto rico my wifes droid charge used to say roaming in the screen and had a triangle next to the signal and she only had a 1X signal and only calling and texting worked data services didn't work at all while at&t has 3G all over the island and data works.

6. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2349; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

LTE is faster.. I have the skyrocket :) FTW

7. Carlitos

Posts: 664; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

I know they will eventually, speed things up, at a faster rate. But let them iron out all the bugs, that verizon got during the year.

8. Skyrim

Posts: 36; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

I really hope they put LTE in Minnesota that'd be cool

9. twenti7

Posts: 152; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

I'm still waiting for ATT to get 3G coverage in my part of Wisconsin.

19. Skyrim

Posts: 36; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Me too i live kind of in up north minnesota so i only get like 1 to 2 bars of signal but go into minneapolis a lot in the summer so im hoping they expand LTE there

21. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

Yeah, I go to Rock Falls a few times a year and 94 outside of Hudson until Menominee rolls to Edge. Two different Corp. Stores in the Twin Cities claim LTE will be active by Summer 2012. Luckily I get 7-15MB with my Skyrocket, so a little longer is no big deal. I blows away Sprint WiMax and hangs with VZW LTE on Download. .

30. Mojobobo

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

ATT Store Manager told me MPLS/TWIN CITIES will get LTE first half of 2012.

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

They are hurting their "we cant have LTE without the Tmobile merger" complaints. Hey, maybe I'll get to keep my job after all!!

17. nickjjay

Posts: 79; Member since: Oct 10, 2011

Or maybe if the ATT merger doesn't go thru, you guys can merge with sprint instead. At least that would get approved by the FCC.

45. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

I am not sure if the argument is they can't have LTE. I think the argument is that AT&T will not be competitive. By adding T-Mobile, they will have greater market penetration. If anything ... adding LTE now may help them to the point of "see ... we WOULD add LTE to this market or that market ... but we can't ... unless we had T-Mobile of course ..."

47. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the biggest argument in the merger is that they cant have enough spectrum to have an LTE rollout without the merger. Tmo has lots of usable LTE spectrum. Of course, those pesky real internal documents showed that ATT has been trying to hide pieces of unused spectrum to make themselves look more dire than they were. The merger will go through. politicians are easily bought off, and they already were. But i think it has more to do with staying ahead of VZW in customers than trying to build a better network than VZW. just my 2 cents anyways.

11. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Well, when you have to go out and buy one of your competitors, it doesn't leave as much $ available for infrastructure investment. VZW, OTOH, can invest its $ in its LTE network. 26 Mb/s down on the S.F. Peninsula; the slowest I have observed since I received my RAZR has been 12 Mb/s down. This is faster than my Comcast cable modem service.

23. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Verizon does not keep all of it profits as approx 45% go to VODAPHONE...

28. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Ummm. Profits are what is left over after everything is said and done (including deduction of amortized capital investment in LTE network). Vodaphone only gets 45% of whatever is left after VZW's business operation gets first call on the cash.

34. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Under US GAAP, they don't "amortize" PPE (i.e. plant, property, equipment). I have no idea where you get your answers from.

37. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

So, are you saying that under GAAP, they get to expense PPE? Either way (expense vs. amortize), the cost of the LTE infrastructure gets covered before 'profits' are paid to shareholders.

42. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

> So, are you saying that under GAAP, they get to expense PPE? I am not saying it; FASB is saying it. Amortizing refers to "killing off" such as a loan balance, etc. Before, FASB allowed companies to amortize Goodwill, Intangibles, etc. as these are subject to impairment charges.

12. ap1989

Posts: 145; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

First At&t needs to get more 3g coverage before getting LTE. i think At&t is scared because verizon is advancing more in coverage

13. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Verizon is a lot better then at&t and doesn't cost much more. I don't know why anyone gets at&t unless they for some reason get good coverage in their area but thats rare and once you get out of that area that coverage is gone. If you want to save money get t-mobile or sprint the coverage is almost as good as at&t for a lot less money.

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