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AT&T On Track to Cover 270M Pops with LTE This Year

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Apr 30, 2013, 11:16 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

AT&T today announced a modest expansion of its LTE 4G footprint to smaller markets around the country. The network is available in more than a dozen new markets for the first time, and has also expanded its reach in several existing markets. Between last week and this week, new markets include Cullman, Decatur, and Huntsville, Ala.; Mountain Home, Ark.; Lake City and Ocala, Fla.; Kokomo, Ind.; Shreveport-Bossier City, La.; Flint and Lansing, Mich.; Biloxi-Gulfport, Miss.; Springfield, Mo.; Henderson, N.C.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Athens, Corsicana, Huntsville, Lufkin-Nacogdoches, and Paris, Texas; Petersburg, Va.; Centralia, Wash.; and Morgantown, W.Va. Existing markets that now have greater LTE coverage include Phoenix and Tuscon, Ariz.; Little Rock, Ark.; Denver, Colo., Louisville, Ky.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Mount Vernon, Wash.; and a handful of others. According to AT&T, its LTE 4G network covers nearly 200 million POPs, and the company said it is on target to cover about 270 million POPs by the end of the year. By way of comparison, Verizon Wireless's LTE 4G network build-out is largely complete, Sprint's LTE 4G network is on target to reach 150 million POPs by summer, and T-Mobile's LTE 4G network will cover 100 million Americans by the middle of the year, and 200 million by the end of the year.

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Apr 30, 2013, 11:35 AM

LTE - 3GB's/mo

I just don't understand what use there is for LTE when people are limited to a measly 3GB's/mo. High-speed data is primarily for video, which uses more data.
While I get your point evidence shows most people use less than 2Gs per month. And while it does help enormously with video playback it does also load pages much faster.
5GB on LTE
2GB on 3G.
These only apply if you are on the unlimited plan.
I like LTE on my phone because it loads pages faster and I can through my RSS feed faster.
I use my smartphone for RSS feeds, some random (non-internet) games, and calling and texting that is all I need it to do. If I want to watch video I'll use my ...

May 1, 2013, 11:42 AM

Can Dayton, Ohio please get some LTE love already?

Every other major city in Ohio, including Toledo, Cincinnati, Columbus, Akron, Youngstown, and Cleveland, all have LTE. Makes no sense why it is taking so long for Dayton to get some love, especially with its footprint squarely between Cincinnati and Columbus. ☹️

Apr 30, 2013, 4:18 PM

If you're going to report comparitive data on carriers, keep the timescales the same

The author omits the number of POPs covered by Sprint at the end of 2013 (and instead reports mid-Summer numbers which make it appear that Sprint will lag far behind other US carriers), while reporting end of year numbers for AT&T and T-Mo and roll-out complete numbers for VZW.

From six days ago: http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/sprint-cf o-dish-softbank-deals-arent-affecting-network -vision-deployment/2013-04-24

Sprint plans to cover 200 million POPs with LTE by the end of the year, which is down from its initial goal of 250 million. Euteneuer said the company remains on target for 200 million. He declined to say how many POPs Sprint currently covers with LTE, and Sprint has noted the count is difficult to obtain since the company ...
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