January 5, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
AT&T is launching its 4G LTE network in 11 new cities today. The latest cities to get a speed boost include:
- New York City metro area
- Los Angeles, Oakland, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose, California
- Austin, Texas
- Chapel Hill and Raleigh, North Carolina
- Orlando, Florida
- Phoenix, Arizona
The new cities bring AT&T’s total number of LTE markets supported to 26. Much of the previous footprint was in select major cities in the South and the Mid-Atlantic regions, but this increases AT&T into major markets on the west coast and northeast. It’s also a sign that AT&T is going to start picking up the pace as it tries to catch Verizon, which has already delivered 4G LTE coverage to many of the major markets and several areas in between.
“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. Our network, together with our unsurpassed 4G device portfolio and innovative applications, will give our customers an industry-leading mobile broadband experience.” - John Stankey, CEO of AT&T Business Solutions.
We’re not exactly sure what Stankey means by “unsurpassed” portfolio because AT&T’s only noteworthy 4G phones are the HTC Vivid, LG Nitro HD, and Samsung Galaxy SII Skyrocket. Sure, there’s the HTC Jetstream tablet, but that doesn’t really compete with Verizon’s long list of LTE offerings, and one could make an argument for Sprint’s 4G WiMax and T-Mobile’s HSPA+ line-up.
Either way, it’s good to at least see growth in AT&T’s LTE network. AT&T previously cited its planned acquisition of T-Mobile as a way to justify increased spending on LTE growth, but the company will have to pursue alternate means now that the deal has failed. We reported last month that users in Orlando were seeing early signs of LTE coverage and the network has now officially launched, so users with one of the previously-mentioned 4G devices can keep an eye out for coverage in their area.