With its current HSPA+ 4G network being bashed as nothing more than 3G with a wig on, AT&T has announced plans to roll out its next, faster high-speed data network. Ma Bell plans to roll out its next-gen LTE network in five markets this summer. If you're an AT&T subscriber living in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, or San Antonio, Texas you'll be treated to the company's fastest data speeds.
If you don't live in either of those locales, don't fret. AT&T says its spending $19 billion on its high-speed network this year and plans to get its 4G LTE service in 10 additional markets by the year's end. If that doesn't work for you, there's always Verizon, who's 4G LTE service is already in 55 markets with an additional 23 on the schedule.
Peep the press release below.
AT&T’s 4G Evolution
Dallas, Texas, May 25, 2011
By John Donovan, AT&T Chief Technology Officer
AT&T has delivered five mobile broadband speed upgrades in recent years, including our HSPA+ deployment last year. And average nationwide speeds on the AT&T network have increased – more than 40 percent over the past two years alone.
The next network evolution will arrive this summer with the addition of LTE in five markets – Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta and San Antonio. We plan to add another 10 or more markets in the second half of the year, and cover 70 million Americans with LTE by year-end. We also have plans to add 20 4G devices to our robust device portfolio this year, with some of those being LTE capable.
We’re positioning to deliver a great mobile broadband experience in the near term with HSPA+ and a growing LTE footprint.
We’ve invested $75 billion in our wireless and wired networks over the last four years – more capital invested in the U.S. than any company in any industry. And we plan to invest $19 billion in our wireless and wireline networks and other capital projects this year. The investments we’ve made to evolve our mobile broadband network in recent years, plus what we have planned for the future, put our customers in position to benefit fully from a host of coming mobile broadband innovations.