AT&T lights up LTE-Advanced in New York, San Francisco, and Dallas

AT&T lights up LTE-Advanced in New York, San Francisco, and Dallas
Senior Vice President of Network and Product Planning at AT&T, Tom Keathley shared some insight about the company’s deployment of the next step in LTE network services.

About a year ago, AT&T implemented carrier aggregation to launch LTE-Advanced in Chicago and a couple other nearby markets. With that set-up, high-definition voice-over-LTE became an available feature for compatible handsets.

Keathley pointed out in a recent interview that while AT&T has not generally commented on the progress of deployment of LTE-A, he did point out that the carrier has “a lot of big markets” have aggregation deployed.

Most notably, New York, San Francisco, and Dallas now have active LTE-A service, and those deployments will expand through 2015. The reason for being somewhat quiet about these network developments is because not every device is compatible with the service, or the voice-over-LTE feature that is slowly rolling out. 

However, Keathley did point out that AT&T has about 20 LTE-Advanced compliant devices available. As the network deployment of LTE-A continues, and as more compatible devices become pervasive across the customer base, we can expect AT&T to tout a little louder about voice-over-LTE, and the faster speeds of the enhanced network.

source: FierceWireless



1. wkm001

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

It is great to see AT&T heavily investing in their network. I was a Verizon customer until recently and it was comical to see their network struggle with the exclusivity of the iPhone. Now all AT&T customers get to benefit. While AT&T's current data speeds are more than fantastic, it is nice to see them expand capacity, staying ahead of demand.

3. lexingtonsteeley

Posts: 19; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

I wouldn't say it's more than fantastic, maybe where you live, i'm in NYC and get 4-6 Mbps on a GOOD day with my Iphone 6. As of writing still no LTE-A, or VoLTE down here.

9. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

I get way more than you and I live in Brooklyn, maybe iphone signal not as good as Nokia. The reason I say that because in the past I had a motorola phone and it had service where the HTC windows phone did not. by the way I have Lumia 1520

2. 4GDataAbuser

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Is it faster than XLTE though is my question

4. imnobosh

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

No. Not at all.

5. imnobosh

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

I meant to say yes, it is. Xlte would be similar to tmobiles marketing of hspa + as a 4g technology when in fact it was more of 3.5g....xlte is more like 4.5G while LTE Advanced is suppose to be the next evolution... 5G.

6. Maxwell.R

Posts: 218; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

That is incorrect. 5G has not yet been defined as a standard. LTE-Advanced is simply an enhancement of the current standard.

12. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Thats what im also wondering since here in LA att lte is about the same as fast as verizons XLTE already . I wonder what speeds is gonna be getting once they bring it here to LA . They will probabaly leave verizons xlte in the dust since it already offers same speeds as verizons xlte here

8. bambamboogy02

Posts: 838; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

XLTE is just more spectrum added overall. This alleviated network congestion. XLTE isn't any faster than LTE. They have the same speed limits, so no technical speed upgrade. It just added more lanes to the existing highway.

11. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

That's not true. Veriozn's "XLTE" is using the same advanced wireless spectrum (AWS) that T-Mobile uses for their entire network (hence their "data strong" campaign). Verizon actually purchased much of this AWS directly from T-Mobile. Verizon's standard nationwide LTE is on the 700mhz frequency. It's great for covering huge areas with very few towers but it's horrible under heavy loads and for very high speeds, even with 15 or 20mhz wideband deployment. The AWS is fantastic under heavy data loads, being designed specifically for that purpose, but it doesn't reach even half as far as a 700mhz signal.

14. Coaster_crazed

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 26, 2015

I get on avg about 54 mbps on att LTE in Atlanta on my S5

15. syed_itsa

Posts: 50; Member since: Feb 05, 2015

After upgrading my Samsung Galaxy 5 - SM-G900A with Kit Kat 4.4.4 I got suprised speed of 40.mbps of download and 6 mbps of upload. It was really surprising in Greensburg 4gLTE area. I have been with ATT for last 10 years and never have any issue. They are improving as the should

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