AT&T investing $14 billion in LTE network upgrades

by: Wenceslaus MuenyiNovember 7, 2012

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.

Verizon AT&T 4G LTE

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.

  • Looks like they finally turned in on for my town! Getting 8/1. Not bad for a rural town in Montana.

    • M42

      I’m in a rural area and I get 18/6.

  • Qliphah

    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!

    • M42

      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 speeds of 8.1MBPS down and around 1.5MBPS up. This was after transferring to the LG Optimus G and LTE Phone.

  • Graham Jones

    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.

  • cjc2104

    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.