AT&T Planning Large Summer LTE Roll-Out
AT&T today announced plans to light up LTE 4G in more than two dozen markets during the summer months. The new markets that will receive LTE for the first time include: Evergreen, Monroeville, and Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Flagstaff, Ariz.; Chico and Visalia, Calif.; Dover, Del.; Lake City and Ocala, Fla.; Commerce, Jefferson, and Valdosta, Ga.; Champaign, Ill.; Columbus and Fort Wayne, Ind.; Manhattan, Kan.; Elizabethtown, Ky.; Leonardville, Md.; Flint, Mich.; Biloxi/Gulfport, Miss.; Asheville and Goldsboro, N.C.; Millville, N.J.; Batavia and Seneca Falls, N.Y.; Anderson, S.C.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Athens, Huntsville, Laredo, Paris, and Rio Grande Valley, Texas; Spokane, Wash.; Huntington, W.Va.; and Laramie, Wyo. AT&T didn't say when LTE would reach these markets. In addition to the summer LTE expansion, AT&T launched LTE in Wilson, N.C., today, and expanded its LTE footprint in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Sprint LTE and Spark Footprints Continue to Grow
Sprint today launched LTE service in 24 new markets and Spark service in an additional 24 markets. The company's LTE footprint now reaches 270 million POPs, while its Spark footprint reaches 125 million POPs.
AT&T Fires Up LTE in Several Smaller Cities
AT&T today announced the availability of its LTE 4G network in a handful of towns scattered about the country. The new markets include Richmond-New Castle, Ind.; Adrian and Sault Ste.
AT&T Fills In LTE Coverage Gaps
AT&T today said its LTE 4G network is now live in a handful of new markets, including Alpena, Mich.; Worthington, Minn.; Klamath Falls, La Grande, and Roseburg, Ore.; Altoona, Pa.; and Alice, Bay City, and El Campo, Texas. AT&T's LTE network reaches 280 million POPs and should cover 97% of all Americans by the end of the year.
Sprint Lights Up 17 More Spark Markets
Sprint today launched its Spark service in 17 new markets scattered around the country. Spark uses three different spectrum bands to ensure the best possible LTE connection and speed.
motivation, not ambition...
This is motivation, pure and simple, to avoid FCC penalties, as AT&T is facing a five year buildout deadline of June 13, 2013 for its Lower 700 MHz B block 12 MHz licenses. By mid June, AT&T must cover 35 percent of the geographic area of each CMA in which it holds the B block license.
So, this is a regulation lighting a fire under the ass of a stubborn, anti consumer wireless carrier and a prime example of why wireless industry regulation is generally a good thing.
I've heard there are places in Tmo's network where all that's available is 2G EDGE, in 2013, that's just o...