While AT&T’s 4G LTE network only expanded to 15 markets in the United States (and Puerto Rico) in 2011, 2012 figures to be the year where the carrier accelerates the process in an effort to catch Verizon which currently has 4G LTE in 196 markets. Today, Ma Bell took another step in the right direction as it announced that its next-generation network has expanded to 11 new markets.
The roll out means that AT&T’s 4G LTE is now available in a grand total of 26 markets which cover just around 76 million Americans. Yeah, it’s not on Verizon’s level just yet but it’s nice to see progress being made.
So where is AT&T’s network now?
Here is the full list:
New York City metro area, Austin, Chapel Hill, Los Angeles, Oakland, Orlando, Phoenix, Raleigh, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose.
Some heavy hitters there to be sure and those have now been added to the list of cities that already had AT&T LTE. Cities that saw LTE launch in 2011 include:
Athens, Ga.; Atlanta; Baltimore; Boston; Charlotte; Chicago; Dallas-Fort Worth; Houston; Indianapolis; Kansas City; Las Vegas; Oklahoma City; San Antonio; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Washington, D.C.
AT&T notes that it expects to complete the deployment of its 4G LTE network by the end of 2013.
And while the carrier still has a fairly limited selection in terms of LTE-powered devices, that should change over the next two months as Consumer Electronics Show takes place next week in Las Vegas and the Mobile World Congress goes down in February.