Today AT&T announced that its 4G LTE network now covers 103 U.S. markets which include 150 million people.
AT&T’s 4G LTE network not covers twice the area it did in the end of 2011, and the carrier plans to bring the network to more markets before the end of 2012. AT&T plans to bring 4G LTE to 250 million people by the end of 2013, and by the end of 2014 it will cover 300 million people in the U.S.
The achieved the numbers it has now AT&T expanded its network in cities such as York, Pennsylvania; Tacoma, Washington; Washington D.C., and Daytona Beach, Florida, among others. AT&T also lit up its 4G LTE network in a number of new cities.
According to 9To5Mac the list of new cities includes:
- Charleston, South Carolina
- Columbia, South Carolina
- Greenville, South Carolina
- Columbus, Ohio
- Toledo, Ohio
- Corvallis, Oregon
- Eugene, Oregon
- El Paso, Texas
- Jonesboro, Arkansas
- Mobile, Alabama
- Pensacola, Florida
- Portland, Maine
- Saratoga Springs, New York
- South Bend-Mishawaka, Indiana
- Bridgeport, CT expansion (in Fairfield County/Danbury)
- South Detroit expansion (in Monroe/Downriver)
AT&T’s 4G LTE network is still much smaller than Verizon’s which is available in more than 400 markets, about four times as many markets as AT&T. Verizon says it will offer 4G LTE coverage to 260 million people by the end of 2012, and it expects to finish its rollout of 4G LTE by the middle of 2013.
AT&T’s closest competitor for 4G LTE coverage is Sprint which recently announced it will bring 4G LTE to more than 100 markets within the next few months. Those markets might not light up with 4G LTE until March of 2013, however. After that rollout Softbank’s acquisition of Sprint will close, which will likely make its rollout faster.