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AT&T Names First Five LTE Launch Cities

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May 25, 2011, 8:44 AM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated May 25, 2011, 8:52 AM

AT&T today announced that Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio will be the first markets to have access to its forthcoming Long Term Evolution network later this summer. AT&T said it will add 10 more markets to its LTE footprint by the end of the year, but it didn't name those markets. AT&T hopes to cover 70 million Americans in those 15 markets with LTE by the end of the year. The company also said it will have 20 "4G" capable devices available by the end of the year, with some of them being LTE-enabled. AT&T didn't say exactly when the LTE network would launch, but it did note that it continues to invest in its HSPA+ network as mobile broadband alternative until LTE is available in more markets. AT&T also indicated that it continues to update its base stations with enhanced backhaul for improved speeds, and will have two-thirds of its sites updated by the end of the year.

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May 25, 2011, 12:17 PM

Great...and not a single device to run on their LTE....

Did you skip the part where the article mentions like another 20 phones before the end of the year built for LTE?
A measly 5 cities launching with LTE. No mention of average real worl speeds. No usb modems announced.

Same old, same old lack of ambition from ATT.

May 25, 2011, 5:48 PM

why not NJ???

we are between nyc and philly and we dont get LTE?! this is HORSE S^^T!!!
NYC is the $#!+, and Philly is the BALLS! NJ is just the stink between, dude... ๐Ÿ˜‰

May 25, 2011, 10:58 AM

Dumb choices

AT&T, dumb choices for you first 5 cities to get your LTE service. All these carriers don't seem to understand that the future of this country lies in the Western states. California, specifically the San Francisco Bay Area should be the definitive first market to launch your LTE service. The Silicon Valley and California's economy growth needs to be supported and needs to have the technology first. The East Coast is dead and doesn't need the service.
I beg to differ. The 5 cities are excellent choices to start and begin with. Woohoo for Houston (my hometown). As for California's economic growth, maybe if they cut the mountains of red tape, regulation, and taxes across the board maybe they would s...
East Coast? Those are the largest markets in the South and Mid West. ๐Ÿคจ
I agree San Francisco needs more competition in the LTE market. We have Verizon LTE and MetroPCS LTE, why not let AT&T see how great their LTE could be? Ill tell you why it wont happen soon enough - because people dont even trust their 3G or HSPA+ rol...
You do realize that nothing related to this would stimulate california's growth right? And would you rather have those areas you claim should get first dibs be hit with possible malfunctions and issues or have you forgotten that most of California is ...
When you consider that AT&T HQ is in Atlanta and AT&T Mobility HQ is San Antonio, the choices are logical. Rollout test in areas where you can get direct unbiased feedback without a ton of airing problems in public.
Dumb Choices? It's called moutainous areas. The places which pose the biggest signal problems. Test it in the toughest place for it to work, then roll it out to the easiest.

May 25, 2011, 10:33 AM

Seems to be all 850MHz markets

AT&T 700MHz licenses:
https://www.phonescoop.com/articles/article.php?a=18 ... »

Verizon's 700MHz licenses:
https://www.phonescoop.com/articles/article.php?a=18 ... »

AT&T should have plenty of LTE spectrum in NYC, since they have their own plus Qualcomm's 700MHz spectrum.

https://www.phonescoop.com/articles/article.php?a=18 ... »
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