AT&T's LTE service to debut in just 5 cities this summer

AT&T's LTE service to debut in just 5 cities this summer
There is a race between the nation's largest carrier and the former leader to blanket the country with 4G LTE service. So far, though, instead of a race it looks like a walk-a cakewalk for the country's second largest mobile provider, Verizon.

Last December, Big Red started LTE service in 38 locations, covering 110 million people. By the end of 2013, the carrier hopes to have completed the task of offering LTE service in all of its current markets. Today, AT&T announced that sometime this summer, it will provide LTE to its customers in Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta and San Antonio, covering 70 million Americans. Before Verizon fans start fist pumping and talking smack against its rival, as we reported, recent speed tests show that AT&T's LTE service is faster than Verizon's LTE offering. However, that test was done by AT&T technicians so this type of analysis will require a more non biased observer.

AT&T also announced that it would have 20 4G enabled devices in its lineup by the end of the year. However, not all of these will be phones and some will run on the older HSPA+ technology instead of LTE. That brings us to another sore point among Verizon and AT&T followers. While Verizon currently offers LTE in some markets, AT&T has been calling it's HSPA+  network 4G (as has T-Mobile). That network provides speeds in-between 3g and 4g-say 3.5g. But with this "stop-gap" 4G network in place, AT&T already markets itself as having a 4G network and does not have the same pressing need to quickly build out its LTE network as Verizon does.

source: VentureBeat



2. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

And this is what you get with 'competition'? Imagine what kind of roll-out would be occurring if T-Mo was part of AT&T....

3. Verizon_Alum unregistered

Let's see, VZW opened up their LTE network in 38 Major cities and almost as many major airports and all AT&T could manage was 5. Wow, way to show your customer base how dedicated you are to upgrading your network. Wonder how they will do when the T-Mo acquisition falls flat?

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

stopgap network 3.5g network? if i remeber correctly, didnt Tmobile win the last over all speed comparison by pcmagazine?? Get over the tech envy and get with real world. LTE is great and will be the future, but as of right now, HSPA+ (tmos 42mb/s) is way faster than either ATT's or VZWs LTE networks (30mb/s)

9. VZWuser unregistered

Thank you for bringing this up, however i wish the someone would crack down on this shit of "our 4g network is better than yours" no american wireless cellular company really has it. Yest LTE is true 4g tech vs hpsa which is an extention of 3g however the US is still a few years off from true 4G. A great article was written last year about this... ( a-lies-lies-and-more-damn-lies/)

12. Chakra

Posts: 136; Member since: Dec 02, 2009

Are you referring to the PC Magazine article, that as an aggregate, the Verizon network IS Slower (averaging their 3G and 4G speeds)? You are correct. However, you should also note, that when they did compare real world LTE vs HSPA+ vs WiMax, LTE handily won. Theoretical speeds only give fodder to spec sheet brag rights.

5. melaniehenderson unregistered

hi well can anyone answer me something? i know that verizons Lte works really good inside buildings cuz it runs on da 700 mhz band i know cuz i have a droid charge and over here in La it works good. but also i heard that atts Lte will run on a different 700 mhz band. and some people are telling me that it will not get good reception inside buildings does any one kno if this is true? a lot of people have been tellin me this, also i read online on many forums that a lot of people say that atts Lte signal will not penetrate buildings that well like verizons Lte signal. no i am not thinkin of switchin to att im just curious does anyone know if that is true? cuz if it is thats gonna suck for att customers .

6. trin

Posts: 88; Member since: May 11, 2010

SMH. Articles like these show how biased you guys are against anything not att/apple. I'd even go out on a limb and guess that the majority of PA's employees have personal att iphones. FYI: if verizon reported their "customer base" numbers the same way att did, I believe I read verizon would still be number 1.

7. JeffdaBeat unregistered

I mean, this is one of the biggest reasons why I don't want this merger to go through. AT&T is lazy right number 2. They skip on customer service, on cellular service, and now they are taking their sweet time updating their network. It's always going to be this way because it feels like the same old hats that ran AT&T Company back in the day is still there...or at least their spirit is still there. If I were the CEO of AT&T Mobility, I'd be pushing as hard as possible to combat Verizon in all three categories, but I guess it has to hit them in their pocket book in order for them to believe this crap doesn't ride. If last quarter AT&T only had a net ad of 60,000 customers while Sprint had 350,000 or so...then I can't wait for this quarter...especially with no new iPhone (if that's true).

8. VZWuser unregistered

So in Feb 09 ( locking-60mbps-in-us-tests-confirmed-to-launch-in- 2010) when Vzw was testing at 60Mbs we all assummed it stay that way. Here's another story from VZW themselves ( ml) regarding small scale tests. These new stories are so stupid pitting AT&T small scale tests to a real world working (i use working lightly) Vzw LTE network. Please this quote "recent speed tests show that AT&T's LTE service is faster than Verizon's LTE offering. However, that test was done by AT&T technicians so this type of analysis will require a more non biased observer." Stop posting this crap then if its not a "real world" test.

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