AT&T Adds Eleven New LTE Markets Including New York, San Francisco, and LA

AT&T continues the rollout of their LTE network, expanding to 26 markets and flipping the switch in several key cities. New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles top the list of 11 new markets, which also includes Oakland, San Jose, Phoenix, San Diego, Raleigh, and Austin. For many, the news has been long awaited. AT&T says it plans to reach 100 percent of its customer base with LTE by the end of 2013. In the meantime, they boast the speeds offered by their placeholder HSPA+ network.


AT&T 4G LTE Now Available in 26 Markets Including NYC Metro, San Francisco, Los Angeles

AT&T’s Blazing Fast 4G Speeds, Device Lineup, Apps Will Make for Best Customer Mobile Broadband Experience

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 5, 2012 – AT&T* customers are now enjoying blazing fast 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) speeds in 11 more markets, including New York City metro area, San Francisco and Los Angeles. This addition makes AT&T 4G LTE available in a total of 26 markets to 74 million consumers. John Stankey, President and Chief Executive Officer-AT&T Business Solutions, provided an update at Citi’s 22nd Annual Global Entertainment, Media and Telecommunications Conference in San Francisco.

New markets where AT&T 4G LTE is now available are: New York City metro area, Austin, Chapel Hill, Los Angeles, Oakland, Orlando, Phoenix, Raleigh, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose.

The expansion adds to 15 AT&T 4G LTE markets launched in 2011: Athens, Ga.; Atlanta; Baltimore; Boston; Charlotte; Chicago; Dallas-Fort Worth; Houston; Indianapolis; Kansas City; Las Vegas; Oklahoma City; San Antonio; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Washington, D.C.

“We’re building a 4G LTE network that’s blazing fast, and we offer dual layers of 4G technologies to provide customers with a more consistent speed experience,” said Stankey. “Our network, together with our unsurpassed 4G device portfolio and innovative applications, will give our customers an industry-leading mobile broadband experience.”

AT&T is the only U.S. carrier providing 4G using both HSPA+ and LTE technologies. HSPA+, when combined with enhanced backhaul, provides customers with access to 4G speeds – meaning AT&T customers get a faster and more consistent 4G experience on their compatible devices, even when outside of a 4G LTE area. Customers of other carriers that have transitioned to 4G LTE without further speed upgrades to their existing networks are likely to see a jarring drop-off in speeds when they move out of LTE coverage.

Another benefit of AT&T’s network strategy is that only AT&T’s network lets your iPhone 4S download three times faster.

AT&T’s mobile broadband service currently covers 284 million people and more than 90 percent of the population, including the top 100 U.S. markets.

AT&T expects its 4G LTE deployment to be largely complete by the end of 2013.

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  • Fred G. Vader

    Yeah baby, thank God Phoenix is on the list.  Now all we need them to do is release the Galaxy Note so we can get our 4G on!

  • kevin richard

    I’d prefer the Galaxy Nexus, but I’m with you.

  • wtpanos

    someone release 4G to myrtle beach!!

    • DarrenR

      Yeah its such a big tourist area, they should hurry up and get it here.

      • YankeeDudeL

        Woot woot, Myrtle Beach peeps!  I’m desperately waiting for LTE on Verizon to get here, but I’m almost kinda scared AT&T might beat them.  Do you know we’re the last major market in the Carolinas to not have a form of LTE?

        • DarrenR

          I get 7mbps in parts of NMB.

  • Montisaquadeis

    Where I live we currently dont have 4g from any of the carriers which kinda sucks.

  • moises1204

    damn at&t only if you weren’t so expansive.

  • Canon User

    “AT&T says it plans to reach 100 percent of its customer base with LTE by the end of 2013.”
    That’s hilarious. Why exactly would I believe AT&T would do that when they still only have 3G to about half or less of their coverage area?

  • qwerty jordan

    When is 5G coming?

    • Cipher Zero

      Probably when Sprint decides that their LTE network should be called 5G – if they can actually call WiMax 4G with a straight face…

      • EarlyMon

        As the ITU – the spec body that decides what Gs are what – recognizes Sprint’s WiMAX as 4G, I’m sure they can continue to call it 4G with a very straight face.

        The ruling on that came out in December 6, 2010 – the same day that they decided calling LTE as 4G was ok – because neither WiMAX nor LTE really met the moving target that was the draft 4G spec, and the parties in question were building to an earlier draft expected to be ratified.

        The actual spec says anything now below 1 Gbps burst, 100 Mbps sustained isn’t 4G anyway.

        Hope that clarifies.

  • Caffiend

    So, um….  Yeah..  You needed Tmobile for what again exactly?

    • raygu303

      To eliminate their only GSM competition!

  • BigCiX

    They need to do something about their hspa. I’m only average about 3 mbps with my 4G device.

  • Guest

    Can’t wait till October… when the LTE iPhone comes out!

    • chuckles87

      then hold it the wrong way and lose your data

  • Carl Rood

    Does anyone know what they consider the NYC “metro area”?  Sprint considers it as far as Queens for WiMax, while Verizon goes as far as Nassau County on Long Island when it comes to LTE.

    There’s a wide area that’s considered the metro area of NYC, and I tend to doubt they’re really covering the whole thing.

  • Brian S.

    fuck an a. att has upgraded these places to 4g already. almost every place around where i live is still in the dark ages with fucking 2g. goddamn it!

    it should be apparent to those executives that they are doing a poor job. AND THEY GET PAID MILLIONS AND CALL THEMSELVES EDUCATED AND THINK THEYRE BETTER THAN EVERYONE ELSE.  goddamn the opposite of all those things should be or is true already

  • Brian S.

    they need to gtfo. if they are good at any job it is NOT THE JOB THEY HAVE

  • Phillip

    I just want to get off of edge