May 17, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
New Orleans played host to the U.S. mobile industry last week for the CTIA Wireless show, and it looks like AT&T left a little gift behind to thank the Big Easy for being so welcoming – a 4G LTE network.
AT&T announced today that 4G LTE service is now officially available in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as well as Naples, Florida. These three cities join the small but growing list of cities to gain LTE service from AT&T this year. Customers from the Northshore and Southshore should now see mobile Internet speeds that are up to 10 times faster than 3G. That’s provided that the customer has an LTE-capable device like the Samsung Galaxy Note or the AT&T One X (though I hear those are hard to come by these days.)
Aside from the faster download speeds, there should be a considerable increase in upload speeds and improved network performance. LTE offers faster responses to data transfer with lower latency, which comes in handy for things like viewing or broadcasting higher quality video.
Based on what we’ve heard from some AT&T customers who have been in LTE markets, subscribers can expect some great speeds for the first few weeks since there are fewer users when it first launches. However, expect network performance to taper just a bit as more people log on. (It will still be much better than your current speeds.)
UPDATE: Naples, Florida got 4G, too!
UPDATE #2: Baton Rouge, too. Geaux get it!