AT&T launching LTE network in NYC this month

AT&T launching LTE network in NYC this month
AT&T is on track to fulfil its 15-market LTE goal by the end of the year, and luckily New York City is on that list as the carrier confirmed it’s on track to launching its speedy network in the Big Apple. With speeds of 5Mbps to 12Mbps on the downlink, the network matches the one on Verizon Wireless in speeds. 

AT&T uses the 700MHz bands and is currently undergoing testing. Currently, you have a couple of options for handsets: the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, the HTC Vivid, and the upcoming LG Nitro HD all support LTE. 

The second-largest US carriers expects to cover 70 million Americans by the end of the year, which is not a bad achievement, but pales in comparison to Verizon’s 200 million covered. 

source: AT&T via Engadget


December 07, 2011 09:07 AM Eastern Time
AT&T Expects Record Smartphone Sales in 4Q
UBS Media & Communications Conference 2011

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--John Stephens, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, today announced that AT&T* is on track to break its single-quarter record for smartphone sales.

Speaking at the UBS 39th Annual Global Media and Communications Conference in New York, Stephens said that AT&T sold about 6 million smartphones in the first two months of the fourth quarter. Because December is traditionally one of the strongest sales months, AT&T now expects to break the previous single-quarter smartphone record of 6.1 million.

AT&T's strong smartphone sales in part reflect a higher number of handset upgrades from customers who were waiting for the launch of a new iPhone. AT&T previously announced that it activated more than 1 million iPhone 4S' in the first five days the device was available. AT&T said iPhone 4S sales remain strong. Only on AT&T's network can iPhone 4S users download three times faster and talk and surf at the same time.

Stephens also said today that AT&T will turn up additional 4G LTE markets, including New York City, this month, and expects to cover 70 million people with its LTE network by year-end 2011, consistent with its previously announced plans.

The webcast of Stephens' presentation will be available for replay on the AT&T Investor Relations website until Dec. 30, 2011.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

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11 Comments

1. kpfirefighter

Posts: 160; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Well when the merger happenes they will have more coverage than verizon right? A store manager told me this last week. If AT&T can accomplish this I might jump ship from verizon! and they are said to get the Galaxy Note!!

2. c1985

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

More coverage of what? Voice? 3G? HSPA+? LTE? If At&t merges with T-Mobile they will pick up some Voice, 3G and HSPA+ coverage but T-Mobile never developed LTE so no bonus there. Also Verizon never tried a 3.5G like At&t did with HSPA+ so you can't really compare that coverage.

3. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

HSPA+ is the advantage AT&T has until Verizon is completed with their 4G LTE buildout. The spectrum that T-Mobile has can be converted to use with 4G LTE. Funny how the FCC let Verizon get a huge chunk of AWS from the cable companies to use and says no to AT&T.

5. Gawain

Posts: 448; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

Considering that the physical footprint of T-Mobile is pretty much a 100% overlap with AT&T, their coverage itself won't change. If they merge their systems then AT&T's cell site density will make their coverage more efficient, but since they will be forced to divest most of those MSA overlaps if they pursued and ever got approval for a merger, I don't see a net benefit to anyone, least of all the customer.

4. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 2011

Merger is very unlikely at this point so at&t needs to get to work now! yeah these are claiming that they'll have how many million of people covered? sure if they only care to cover people instead of area, just get NYC, Texas, Chicago, LA, and just a few majr cities and they'll have over 100 million right there, and the rest? wait a couple more years at least.

6. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

What about the samsung galaxy note I thought that is supposed to come out with LTE on it

7. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

i'll believe it when I see it AT&T.

8. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

I live just outside NYC and just picked up my WHITE Skyrocket yesterday. Saaawwwweeeeetttt..... And there are many reports of AT&T's LTE service with multiple speeds in the mid 20Mbps range. So what's with the 5-12 Mbps range? That's HSPA+ speed. Being I don't get LTE yet, I was getting 3.5Mbps in my basement with 2 bars. Previously with my Captivate I didn't get ANY service in the basement and 2 bars on the main floor. Now I get 4 bars on the main floor while 3G phones in the house still get the bad reception. This phone rocks!!! Got a sick white hard-case to go with it.

9. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

Yeah, that's at&t hspa+ speeds, I get an average of 10.5 mbps on hspa+, I don't think LTE is the same, and same goes for Verizon, I don't/never have/had Verizon LTE, but I don't think theirs is 5-12mbps either, considering what I hear.

10. dahraf

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 10, 2011

I am getting LTE speeds here in Queens, NY. Anywhere from 18-31 MBPS, very fast speeds. Even when having only 2 bars i get close to 20 MBPS. This is way faster then Verizon LTE.

11. thedurtyversion

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 26, 2012

This is great. I have always assumed the frequency a radio runs would enable better penetration in buildings. Technically this is a bit false. Regardless, I am just hoping LTE in New York City from AT&T will be decent and I will not have to abandon my rollover minutes. @thedurtyversion | thedurtyversion.com

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