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AT&T launching LTE network in NYC this month

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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

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posted on 07 Dec 2011, 10:53

1. kpfirefighter (Posts: 160; Member since: 20 Sep 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!!

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 11:33 2

2. c1985 (Posts: 10; Member since: 21 Oct 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.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 11:49 1

3. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 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.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 15:42

5. Gawain (Posts: 423; Member since: 15 Apr 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.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 12:18

4. Goldeneye (Posts: 419; Member since: 22 Jan 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.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 17:22

6. JGuinan007 (Posts: 692; Member since: 19 May 2011)

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

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 19:27

7. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

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

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 23:48

8. Forsaken77 (Posts: 553; Member since: 09 Jun 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.

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 02:33

9. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 467; Member since: 31 Aug 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.

posted on 10 Dec 2011, 02:09

10. dahraf (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Dec 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.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 08:36

11. thedurtyversion (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Jan 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.

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