AT&T Rolling Out 4G LTE Network This Summer

News | Wednesday May 25 2011 3:28 AM | Comments (0) Tags: , , ,

Earlier today, AT&T announced that it will be rolling out its 4G LTE network in the following five U.S. cities this summer: Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta, and San Antonio.
It has also revealed that it plans to add ten or more cities in the second half of this year. Back in January, AT&T CEO De la Vega had revealed that
this year instead of 2012.
AT&T has delivered five mobile broadband speed upgrades in recent years, including our HSPA+ deployment last year. And average nationwide speeds on the AT&T network have increased – more than 40 percent over the past two years alone.
The next network evolution will arrive this summer with the addition of LTE in five markets – Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta and San Antonio. We plan to add another 10 or more markets in the second half of the year, and cover 70 million Americans with LTE by year-end. We also have plans to add 20 4G devices to our robust device portfolio this year, with some of those being LTE capable.
Last week, GigaOM’s Stacey Higginbotham who got a chance to 
reported that she got download speed of approximately 28.87 Mbps, and upload speed of 10.4 Mbps, which is quite promising.
Before you get excited, it is important to note here that it is
this year to take advantage of AT&T’s faster network, as the implementation of LTE networks has not yet matured. AT&T and Verizon are expected to complete the rollout of their 4G LTE network nationwide only by 2013.
Apple executives have also indicated that they’re not willing to take a lot of design compromises, which are enforced by the current-generation 4G LTE chipsets. Chipmakers like Qualcomm, ST Ericcson and Intel are expected to launch the next generation chips towards the end of this year, which are expected to meet Apple ’s requirements. So Apple is widely speculated to launch a 4G LTE
in 2012.
Will you wait for Apple to launch a 4G iPhone or will you buy some other 4G smartphone if 4G network is available in your area? Please share your views in the comments section below.

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