The race to have the biggest 4G coverage is heating up now, as AT&T has just announced they are getting ready to invest $14 billion in their LTE network. Currently, Verizon is leading the way in LTE deployment and speed, but AT&T might be able to change that by 2014.
The plan emphasizes the growth AT&T is getting ready to achieve. They are expecting to cover over 300 million Americans by 2014, which according to the company, is “99 percent of all customer location.” Now, before AT&T is able to make the needed changes and upgrades, they will need the FCC to approve and release additional spectrum, which might be a harder task than simply asking nicely.
Randall Stephenson, AT&T CEO had the following to say about this plan:
This is a major commitment to invest in 21st Century communications infrastructure for the United States and bring high-speed Internet connectivity — 4G LTE mobile and wireline IP broadband — to millions more Americans. We have the opportunity to improve AT&T’s revenue growth and cost structure for years to come, and create substantial value for shareowners.
The end result is that, hopefully, users will have a choice between AT&T’s huge LTE 4G network and similar LTE networks offered by the competition, including T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon – all four major U.S. mobile operators are investing in 4G LTE technology, with T-Mobile being the last one to join the party.
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Looks like they finally turned in on for my town! Getting 8/1. Not bad for a rural town in Montana.
I’m in a rural area and I get 18/6.
That picture at the end of your article infuriates me for reasons I can barely put into words. The difference between 3G and 4G is still mediocre at best in most markets. Add to that the fact most customers use wi-fi for any real data heavy tasks and we have billions going into a bandaid technology that will hopefully be rendered moot by some sort of gigabit over the air signal that’s currently being developed.
Now I’m not against faster data, but AT&T will of course pass this cost on to consumers who will still be saddled with ridiculously low caps and throttling. Thanks for the upgrade… now stop using it!
You must have Verizon Worthless or T-Horrible for a carrier; they both call 2G 3G. There is a BIG difference in 3G and 4G. BIG. And an even bigger one between 3G and LTE>
Here in rural town Gurley, AL (about 10-15 minutes outside Huntsville, AL) with fulls bars I have speedtest.net speeds of 8.1MBPS down and around 1.5MBPS up. This was after transferring to the LG Optimus G and LTE Phone.
Man y’all’s lte sucks I’m on att and I usually get around 30 down and 15 up in little rock Arkansas. There’s even been times I’ve got 50+ down but those are pretty rare occurrences and haven’t happened lately.
Here in Boston on ATT I consistently pull 50+ down and 20+ up on iPhone 5 – I go to CT and NYC a lot too – speeds are always 25+ down and 15+ up and I get LTE the entire way both by train or car. The NorthEast is hooked up with LTE, as it should be. No complaints a all.