If rumors hold true, AT&T could be lighting up the first city on its LTE map in a little under two months. Insider sources are claiming June 30th is the date that New York City could become the springboard for the carrier’s next-generation network. The real 4G network won’t mean much without devices, and as of now we don’t have any word on when those could be touching down. If they follow the model deployed by other carriers, AT&T could launch a USB modem and/or mobile hotspot initially with smartphones and tablets coming later in the year.
After NYC, Los Angeles is said to be the next city to get lifted from HSPA+ purgatory. That is supposedly happening sometime around July 24th. If AT&T gets the go-ahead to complete their purchase of T-Mobile, much of the acquired network will go towards furthering AT&T’s 4G cause.