AT&T to launch its LTE network Sunday in 5 markets

AT&T to launch its LTE network Sunday in 5 markets
This Sunday, AT&T will launch its 4G LTE network in 5 markets. The lucky cities are Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. This information came directly from the carrier's CFO, John Stephens, in a media appearance. Another 10 markets will be up and running by the end of the year which will be a total of 15 markets covered by the service by the start of the new year. That works out to about 70 million people that will be able to use AT&T's LTE pipeline by the end of 2011.

AT&T started selling two LTE devices last month, a 4G USB modem and a mobile hotspot, both of which are manufactured by Sierra Wireless. The two are priced at $49.99 and $69.99 respectively, after a signed 2-year contract.  As we reported, the carrier's first LTE tablet, the HTC Jetstream, has just been launched for a $700 price tag with a 2-year contract. The carrier's first LTE enabled smartphone is expected before the end of the year. While AT&T currently markets some 4G enabled handsets, those phones run over the carrier's HSPA+ network which AT&T is allowed to call 4G even though the speeds are not as fast as what LTE technology can offer.

Verizon got off to a head start by launching its LTE network on December 2010. That service is currently available in 143 markets and covers 160 million people-more than half of the country's population. By year end, Big Red plans on offering LTE in 175 markets covering 185 Americans.

source: FierceWireless




1. Yeeee

Posts: 190; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

Verizon started lte in november 2010 and they had 35 cities done in less than 2 months. At&t has to step it up they are doing only 15 cities in less than 4 months a year after verizon.

34. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 2011

And they won't do their 4G rollout any faster since they're trying to persuade the feds that they "need" T-mobile

2. Allday28

Posts: 340; Member since: Nov 19, 2010

Done worry att will have there whole 3g footprint (wich isnt much at all) by 2018. HAHAHAHAHAAHHAHAH!!!

3. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

I gues the saying goes "better late than never" VZW leading the way by a land slide though hahahaha

4. joseg81

Posts: 204; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

isn't the verizon network plagued with problems though? i heard they have bad outages from friends that i have on that network.

9. Numz

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 31, 2009

Don't you think that AT&T will have problems when they first get their network up and running? I think we can be sure of it and Verizon will continue to iron out their problems and make their network more stable while AT&T does the same. No doubt about it, being the first puts Verizon ahead of the game.

11. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

no one can be 100% 100% of the time. That being said. att and pretty much all other carriers are way behind vzw when it come to rolling out with cell phone technology and national coverage.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

LTE is a very new technology, there is no way AT&T won't have issues at first.

5. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Wow...good luck on playing catch-up, Orange. Still don't even have 3G in a few markets. SMH...all talk, no action.

21. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

AT&T has no 3G where I live. Kinda pathetic.

29. applesauce unregistered

Then you probably don't have real 3G from any of the CDMA carriers in your area either... CDMA is rated up to 2-3 MBps, which is about AT&T's 2G speed...

6. DellStreaker unregistered

4G on at&t will consist of two networks LTE and HSPA+ so if theres an outage or you go to an area not consisting of LTE the drop in speed will not be be as dramtic as verizon 4g back to verizon 3g which is 60% slower than att 3g imagine how much slower it is than att hspa +...

8. rf engineer unregistered

What about where AT&T has EDGE only (Its 2011 and there is still a lot of 2G coverage, ridiculous.)? What about speed then? At least Verizon completed 3G overlay before they started LTE. I would rather have EVDO than have to deal with EDGE.

18. kcombs

Posts: 275; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

EVDO and EDGE are almost the same speed..

26. rf engineer unregistered

EDGE and EVDO are NOT close to same speed. EVDO regularly gets 1.2 Mb/sec down. EDGE ave. is less than 250 Kb/sec down.

7. WirelessCon

Posts: 311; Member since: May 11, 2010

When the Hell is the HSPA+ enhanced backhaul gonna happen? AT&T said it would happen before the end of the year, but I have my doubts. Especially with all of that EDGE technology still out in the wild. That's a lot of 2G! Someone should make some serious contrast maps versus Verizon; I'd like to see which regions the carriers truly "rule the air."

22. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

They really do have a lot of promises as far as coverage that haven't been kept yet. Kinda makes you wonder if they would really follow through on the promise to let everyone keep their jobs if they bought T-Mobile, huh?

10. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Also...launching does not mean "consumer ready". Once again, AT&T putting the cart before the horse, just like those commercials touting the "merger" of AT&T and T-Mobile. No LTE phones, and one rogue broadband device. Can't say I'm impressed.

12. joana23 unregistered

Well I have at&t and my boyfriend has Verizon. We both live in los angeles and have also traveled to Minnesota and Arkansas. And both at&t and Verizon have been exactly the same in coverage. But then again I don't have an iPhone on at&t.I have a Samsung infuse. Funny haven't u heard the people who always complain about dropped calls on att have iphones? Well on my infuse I never had 1 dropped call on LA and I travel all over LA, MINNESOTA And Arkansas. Verizon also works good there's no denying that I seen it on my bfs droid charge. The faster network I give the props to Verizon's LTE my bf has hit up to 30mbps. But at&ts hspa+ is not that bad I guess I'm in an enhanced backhaul area? Because I hit up to 12 mbps in LA with full bars of hspa+. U don't believe me? Look it up there are videos online on youtube from other infuse users getting similar speeds no wifi. 12 mbps I admit is not as good as Verizon but its also not bad at all if u ask me its good enough to watch hd YouTube videos and update Facebook. So I will be staying with att for now if things get too crazy I will be switching to Verizon. Cuz like I said att has been good to me I had zero coverage problems so far in all those places I went I nvr drop a call I sometimes ask myself why do my calls sound soo loud and clear and don't disconnect on my infuse like it happens to people on att with IPHONES??? SO YEA ...

13. agamhonda unregistered

Verizon is leading the way with LTE and they do offer 3g in their entire coverage area. That is the draw back between the two companies.(At&t and Verizon) At&t will have three layers to their network. Verizon will only have 2 layers. A lot of people will find out the draw back to LTE network is that it is Digital and you can't define where you have good coverage or weak coverage. That is where three layer network will work better. If for some reason you lose your digital signal At&t customer will be able to fall back on hspa+ or 3g network. This will also help the network keep up with traffic on the DATA. As we all know within the next 2 years 70% of all phone will be smart phones.

19. Allday28

Posts: 340; Member since: Nov 19, 2010

Thats a good thing cause att is gonna need all the backup signals they can get. Hell even there 3G coverage sucks!!!

23. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Where they have 3G, of course.

27. ChrisTheTechGuy

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 04, 2010

Verizon still has 3 layers of coverage...granted you're going back to a 2g (1x) speeds....

14. Amber unregistered

At&t is years behind verizon. i wish them the best of luck trying to keep up!!!

15. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

wow, good thing they need all that Tmobile spectrum to launch LTE, right? geesh. I still laugh every time i look at their map and see all those light blue areas of EDGE service and white/no coverage areas. Tmobile might not be the biggest carrier coverage wise.. but neither is ATT.. at least Tmo doesnt charge you like a big guy.. lol

16. myclevername

Posts: 94; Member since: Jun 07, 2010

Nationwide LTE is coming from LightSquared by next year. No roaming, no dead zones, works in the middle of Montana as good as the middle of Miami.

20. Speeeeeed!!! unregistered

Verizon skipped upgrading evdo rev.a to evdo rev.b and went straight to lte which has similar speeds to hspa+ at&t customers will have the 3g speed advantage over verizon 3g until verizon blankets their entire network footprint with lte by end of 2013 / early 2014. But only a 5 market launch for a company as big as at&t is a little laughable. Let the lte wars begin. I wonder if verizon will bring back the "map for that" commercials but update them with lte.

24. Wil.D unregistered

AT&T always comes out on top! Before the iPhone ever came out, AT&T was the network that had the fewest dropped calls! It wasn't till the iPhone came out and there were so many downloads of apps that the bandwidth consumption was killing their network. Matter fact I read in a report earlier this year, that had the iPhone been with any other network, It would have crashed their network. AT&T was the only network that could handle the iPhone at the time. Don't forget that AT&T has the fastest 3G network! Don't forget AT&T was the first provider to develope the tech to allow talking and surfing of the web simultaneous! These guys may be the last to come out with their LTE network but believe this, It will become the best in the country! They have the finances to make things happen.

28. ChrisTheTechGuy

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 04, 2010

I don't even know where to start about how wrong some of these statements are.

30. applesauce unregistered

actually, I believe they're all correct. You may not LIKE them, but they're correct

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