Having just recently rolled out in a few additional markets, AT&T has come forward with some details in terms of their 4G LTE rollout. And surprise, surprise, AT&T has said that they are currently ahead of schedule. According to details provided by AT&T, the current 4G LTE coverage is more than double the 4G LTE coverage at the end of 2011. That being the case, the carrier also said that they plan to continue on an aggressive rollout path and that they have more expansion planned through the end of the year.
Speaking in terms of the numbers. The AT&T 4G LTE network is now available in 103 markets and for more than 150 million people across the country. Looking forward, AT&T has said that they will have coverage for 250 million people by the end of 2013 and for more than 300 million people by the end of 2014.
Of course, while AT&T is ahead of schedule in terms of their 4G LTE rollout, they are still behind rival Verizon Wireless in terms of LTE. That is where AT&T shifts things back to 4G, as in 4G being both LTE and HSPA+ connectivity. Taking the HSPA+ into consideration and AT&T is able to tout themselves as having the “nation’s largest 4G network.” This 4G (HSPA+ and LTE) network currently covers more than 285 million people. Or perhaps the key for the comparison to Verizon, that means AT&T has “3,000 more 4G cities and towns than Verizon.”
Technicality of 4G, HSPA+ and LTE aside, it is nice to see that AT&T is moving along with the 4G LTE rollout.
[press]AT&T 4G LTE Coverage Doubled In 2012
AT&T Surpasses 2012 Deployment Plan Ahead of Schedule, Continues Aggressive Rollout
DALLAS, Nov. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — AT&T* 4G LTE now covers more than 150 million people across the United States. The coverage is more than double AT&T’s 4G LTE coverage at the end of 2011, with still more expansion planned through the end of the year.
AT&T plans to expand 4G LTE to 250 million people by year-end 2013 and to 300 million by year-end 2014. AT&T 4G LTE is in 103 markets today.
AT&T’s 4G LTE network delivered faster average download speeds than any other carrier in PCWorld’s most recent 13-market speed tests. Even as AT&T continues to expand its 4G LTE coverage, customers can still get 4G speeds outside of 4G LTE areas on the nation’s largest 4G network, unlike competitors, whose smartphone customers fall back to slower 3G technologies when outside of LTE coverage.
Telecommunications industry analyst firm Frost and Sullivan has recognized AT&T with its 2012 North American Mobile Network Strategy Award for the second year in a row. AT&T received the award for its rapid, broad and simultaneous deployment of high-speed 4G LTE and 4G HSPA+ technologies.
AT&T 4G LTE is part of the nation’s largest 4G network, which covers more than 285 million people and 3,000 more 4G cities and towns than Verizon.**
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
**Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. Deployment ongoing. 4G LTE device and data plan required. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. 4G speeds not available everywhere. Comparison based on U.S. cities and towns with 4G coverage. Learn more about 4G LTE at att.com/network. [/press]