Apparently not content with their current mobile broadband offerings, AT&T has announced that they will be rolling out 4G LTE to five major cities this summer. Their current 4G technology is the not-so-4G HSPA+ (well, one of their current – they also still have EDGE and regular HSPA) but they don’t see that as a long term solution, so this marks the beginning of their transition to join Verizon Wireless in the more-so-4G LTE game.
The first five cities to get it will be Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta and San Antonio. Not exactly a huge area that this will cover, especially with three of the locations being in Texas, but they have stated that they are committed to bringing the wireless standard to at least ten more cities by year’s end. Their plan is for their new LTE network to reach 70 million Americans before next year and to release twenty new 4G devices to enjoy said service. Most of the devices will be HSPA+ only, but some will be LTE-ready.
Here’s the full press statement:
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.
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