AT&T to have an LTE-Advanced network up and running in 2013

AT&T to have an LTE-Advanced network up and running in 2013
Well, folks, it is official: AT&T is to begin the deployment of an LTE-Advanced network of its own in 2013. This is what Krish Prabhu, president and CEO of AT&T Labs, announced while speaking at the LTE North America conference in Dallas on Tuesday. An AT&T spokeswoman later confirmed the information, yet refused to provide further details regarding timing or the nature of the network's upgrade.

The announcement comes only a couple of weeks after Sprint made it clear that it will be moving to LTE-Advanced in the first half of 2013. Verizon has yet to come up with an official statement on the matter, but an upgrade to LTE-Advanced would be a surprise to nobody as it is pretty much a natural step up from LTE technology in its current state.

At this point, most of you are probably wondering how fast the LTE network of the future really will be. Well, those LTE-Advanced tests that Ericsson performed this summer demonstrated the mind-blowing speeds that can be achieved. Sure, real life results will most likely differ, but a 10-fold increase over the performance of today's LTE networks should be expected.

For the time being, AT&T just recently got its first two LTE smartphones, the Samsung GALAXY S II Skyrocket and the HTC Vivid. However, the carrier's LTE network is still in its infancy and currently covers only 9 markets across the nation. A total of 15 markets are expected to be blanketed with LTE coverage from AT&T by the year's end.

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21 Comments

1. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Can't wait for 2013 AT&T is the best where I'm located, bring it AT&T!!!

2. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

I believe all major carriers have announced that they will have LTE Advanced by 2013.

21. SGSII

Posts: 53; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Not VZW or T-Mobile

3. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Well duh... Considering LTE Advanced won't be available to anyone until then. All it'll take is a software update.

6. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

A software update that will never come. ATT will only include lte-a in "new" devices forcing people to spend more money.

4. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

One word, Verizon

5. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 595; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Wonder what all the vz heads who were screaming about at&t being years behind vz are gonna say now. Not tht they aren't currently behind but this is good news

10. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 595; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Did I say I believed them no I said wat will ppl like u say now tht they announced tht nd tht it was good news plus they just started rolling it out who said they'd cover the usa overnight... u have idiot writtin all over ur face

13. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Way to recant on your previous comment. I'm guessing you work for AT&T.

14. choupino

Posts: 69; Member since: May 28, 2011

Be careful before you insult people. IT actually seems as though YOU are the moron. AT&T's LTE rollout is actually ahead of schedule. Therer were supposed to be 6 markets up and running by now and they have 9 up and running. Furthermore, I used the Galaxy S 2 SkyRocket and it is ridiculously fast over their LTE network. It appears that YOU are a total idiot for basing what you think to be true or false on your personal opinion of a particular company.

7. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

This is great news for AT&T customers. Glad that LTE/LTE-Advanced is quickly becoming the mobile standard, so hopefully the carriers can make quicker and smoother transitions.

11. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 595; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Thats exactly wat I'm sayin.

17. choupino

Posts: 69; Member since: May 28, 2011

Please leave your dietary concerns out of this conversation.

12. Univice

Posts: 39; Member since: Jun 15, 2010

Somewhat confused by your statement "However, the carrier's LTE network ... covers only 9 markets ..." Doesn't any phone with LTE use any LTE network? I thought we we're getting away from such differences as CDMA vs GSM.

15. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Nope. Carriers still wanna play dirty and run on their own frequencies, etc. and have handsets designed to only work on certain frequencies.

16. choupino

Posts: 69; Member since: May 28, 2011

That's a great question Univice. I'll explain. It is the same type of network but there has to be roaming agreements set in place by both carriers to allow their respective users onto their networks. It's like WiFi. Everyone has the same type of WiFi in their mobile devices. However, you would need to be allowed access to a neighbor's secured WiFi network to use it.

20. Univice

Posts: 39; Member since: Jun 15, 2010

Well thanks to you both. I'll have to research it some more. It would be nice if the carriers would work together for the sake of their customers so that there wouldn't have to be duplicate costly infrastructure and all customers of all carriers would have the same connectivity if they had the appropriate radio.

18. nb2six

Posts: 298; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

If their rollout is anything like their 3G rollout was (still is going on) you'll see LTE-A in these 9 markets while the majority of the map will still be waiting for LTE to get to them. They can try to sound like VZW all they want, but they are not going to look anything like them until they deliver.

19. Scuba_Steve

Posts: 79; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

They do have better commercials though, I had a good laugh with their football themed commercial. Just imagine how large VZW's LTE market will be by mid 2013. I agree nb2six I think they rushed the annoucment too soon.

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