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AT&T this morning announced that it's bringing its new LTE data services to a dozen more locations over the next few months. The cities include:

  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Akron, Ohio
  • Canton, Ohio
  • Naples, Fla.
  • Bloomoington, Ind.
  • Lafayette, Ind.
  • Muncie, Ind.
  • Baton Rouge, La.
  • New Orleans
  • St. Louis
  • Bryan/College Station, Texas
  • Staten Island, N.Y.

AT&T didn't give a specific timeline for the roll-out, though it did say Cleveland would be "soon," and that the other locations would launch in "April, May and into the early summer."

Source: Press release

 

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AT&T's LTE coming to a dozen new locales through summer

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4g really i did a speed test in Madison wis. The highest speed i got was 4.47 mbps n low of 1.97 4g thats funny. Vzw's speeds are between 9 and 11mbps i switched from sprint just to get the note and att gives me a discount through work so im ok with sub par 4g but lets hope it gets better

I either need to move from Wichita or boot AT&T... I vote the later. It makes no sense that Verizon has had LTE here for nearly 10 months and we're not even on AT&T's radar...

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AT&T doesn't even have 3g where I live. We will never see 'their faux pa' LTE.
Worst of the US carriers IMO.

This doesn't impact me much not being an ATT customer I'm always amazed that they go for the college towns in Indiana first too. They go big everywhere else with bigger state capitol cities but shun Indy all the time.

Living in Muncie will this make me switch carriers?? Hell to the no.

I'm in New Orleans and in the downtown area I've been getting around 40+ mbps down and 5+ up on my G-Note. I'm guessing once the launch is official we will see it spread throughout the city.

How does AT&T ever expect to catch up to Verizon when their LTE rollout schedule for the next few months is about as long as one of verizon's monthly rollout annoucments lol.

Still no Philadelphia LTE? At least my upgrade is not till next year so I do not need an LTE phone yet, but it would be nice to have soon so the bugs are worked out.

Yes, MSP would be nice. This last list is probably the final straw for my family. I have been able to upgrade for a while, but was waiting until the wife's iphone was ready... giving ATT time to get MSP on LTE.

But no. No LTE for April, notice about our unlimited plans no longer being unlimited... and in fact 1GB smaller than I can get at VZW. And I can get LTE from VZ, which as my wife notes "the speed of the network is the thing for my phone" <-- iphone 3gs. I am jumping for sure now.

Wow, a dozen new cities by Summer! Slow down there AT&T, at this rate, if Verizon stopped expanding right now, it would only take about 10 years to catch up.

The lack of LTE in the Seattle area is odd. As the original home of AT&T Wireless, and current home to many high tech companies such as Amazon and Microsoft, one might think that Seattle would be an early LTE rollout candidate. Perhaps there's a valid explanation, such as a lack of enhanced backhaul. Still, odd.

Wow, Staten Island, NY. Really? Couldn't afford to cover all of NYC. Is the tower at the top of the highest landfill atleast?

How many towers does it take to upgrade Naples and how many towers does it take to upgrade Miami? Maybe they can' have 100 small towns in their announcements for each Miami. I'm not sure it looks better. To me it just looks pathetic.

That said, HSPA+ isn't that bad. My Atrix was still 3-4x as fast as any Verizon 3G phone. Day to day, I was perfectly happy with that speed.

If I'm not mistaken, in a lot of their markets for HSPA+, AT&T uses a BTS at their sates called the Nokia Multiradio Flexi BTS, which is also called nodeB. If you check out Nokia Siemens' website, they have listed that the Flexi Multiradio BTS is capable of both HSPA+ and LTE simultaneously. That being said, I think in the markets where they have HSPA+ and the Flexi Multiradio BTS is in use, it's just a licensing/software change on the BTS, and it activates LTE alongside HSPA+. This is where AT&T might have the launch advantage. Now, I don't know if that's true in all of their markets, but just a thought : ).