Light Reading

AT&T Close to 400 Live 4G LTE Markets

Dan Jones
9/4/2013
50%
50%

AT&T added more markets to its LTE deployment Wednesday, bringing it close to 400 markets and making the year-end target of 420 look easily within its grasp.

The markets AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) had added today are:

  • Vidalia, Ga.
  • Waycross, Ga.
  • Murray, Ky.
  • Alexandria, La.
  • Rolla, Mo.
  • Columbus, Miss.
  • Yazoo City, Miss.
  • Albemarle, N.C.
  • Greenville, N.C.
  • Morehead City, N.C.
  • Sandusky, Ohio
  • Morristown, Tenn.
  • Abilene, Texas
  • Logan, Utah

"Our new total LTE market count is 397, covering 225 million people," a spokesman for AT&T tells us.

Here's how all the operators now stack up for 4G LTE:

Table 1: 4G LTE Markets in the U.S.

Operator 4G technology Number of markets Average download speeds
AT&T LTE (Also markets HSPA+ as “4G”) 397 Average of 18.6 Mbit/s downloads
Cricket (Leap Wireless) LTE 11 3-to-15 times faster than Leap's 3G
C-Spire LTE 40 markets up; 3 more coming soon Data speeds up to 10 times faster
MetroPCS LTE 30 markets 2 Mbit/s-15 Mbit/s (Depending on market)
Sprint LTE & WiMax 151 LTE; 71 WiMax Average of 10.3 Mbit/s download
T-Mobile LTE (Also markets HSPA+ as “4G”) 116 markets Average of 25 Mbit/s downloads (on unloaded network)
U.S. Cellular LTE 30+ markets Up to 10 times faster than 3G
Verizon Wireless LTE 500 markets 14.3 Mbit/s average download
Sources: Light Reading, carrier data, OpenSignal, RootMetrics

Why this matters
At this pace, AT&T should easily beat its stated target of 420 markets covered with 4G LTE by the end of 2013. The number to watch, however, might instead be the number of potential customers covered. Even as AT&T has added more than 20 new small markets in August and early September, its estimate of people covered hasn't budged from 225 million.

Related posts:

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

(5)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
DanJones
100%
0%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
9/5/2013 | 2:29:47 PM
Re: ATT
Coverage, capacity and smooth handoffs are going to be the challenge for all the major carriers, particularly if they want to promote LTE as a reliable connected for Connected Car projects. It means a build out at a scale we didn't see with 3G, at least in the US.
@jopocop
50%
50%
@jopocop,
User Rank: Moderator
9/5/2013 | 1:39:21 PM
ATT
I often drive from LA to Vegas on I-15.  Often I hit ATT "Edge" on my iPhone, or even "no service".  This has been ongoing for years. In SoCal, my iPhone keeps flipping around from regular ATT, to 4G to LTE.  That 4G ATT is their HSPA+ 3.5G.  When I go to a major sporting event in the LA area, some venue like Dodger Stadium,  forget about ATT being able to handle the connections at any level.  Phone keeps churning to connect.  I would say that there is overall improvement with my LA ATT experience, but it is still definitely a work in progress.  
DanJones
50%
50%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
9/4/2013 | 11:31:25 PM
Re: Can you think of any big cities left?
Nonetheless, that's what they've promised.
mendyk
50%
50%
mendyk,
User Rank: Light Sabre
9/4/2013 | 8:01:51 PM
Re: Can you think of any big cities left?
300 million seems unrealistic as a coverage goal. Total US population is about 315 million, and about 55 million live in "rural" areas. Realistically at this point, it will take at least 20 new markets to push the needle up by 1 million. Still, the rollout rate is impressive.
DanJones
50%
50%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
9/4/2013 | 6:57:43 PM
Can you think of any big cities left?
Can you think of any big cities left for AT&T? They have a few more to go to hit the 300M mark.
From The Founder
Against the odds, Huawei is growing its telecoms networking equipment business in the US -- that should be ringing some alarm bells for domestic vendors.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
CLOUD / MANAGED SERVICES: Prepping Ethernet for the Cloud
Moderator: Ray LeMaistre Panelists: Jeremy Bye, Leonard Sheahan
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Nominum on Leveraging the Power of DNS to Deliver Superior Subscriber Experiences

9|2|15   |   07:13   |   (0) comments


Nominum CEO Gary Messiana talks about the challenges service providers face in competing for a much more sophisticated customer, a customer that has heightened expectations for more personalized and compelling digital experiences. Providers are focusing their efforts on delivering higher value subscriber services, retaining their existing customers and increasing ...
Between the CEOs
CEO Chat With Jeff Miller, ActiveVideo

8|28|15   |   19:05   |   (0) comments


Jeff Miller, President and CEO of ActiveVideo, talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the impact of virtualization on the TV and video distribution market.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Vodafone: Mobile Money Is About Customer Trust

8|27|15   |   06.36   |   (0) comments


Light Reading spoke with Vodafone's Ian Ravenscroft about the unique responsibilities and opportunities facing operators handling customers' financial transactions over the network.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Palo Alto Networks on Expanding in the Carrier/Service Provider Market

8|26|15   |   07:54   |   (0) comments


Alfred Lee from Palo Alto Networks tells Steve Saunders about their new chassis-based system, the PA-7080, and how it can benefit service providers compared to legacy firewalls.
LRTV Custom TV
Global Services Forum Preview

8|25|15   |   02:36   |   (0) comments


Light Reading's CEO and Founder Steve Saunders talks about Huawei's upcoming Global Services Forum with the help of Heavy Reading's Patrick Donegan and Teresa Mastrangelo.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Infoblox on DNS Threat Index

8|19|15   |   04:39   |   (0) comments


Dilip Pillaipakam from Infoblox talks to Steve Saunders about his company's core network services.
Between the CEOs
CEO Chat With Ihab Tarazi, Equinix

8|14|15   |   20:18   |   (1) comment


Equinix CTO Ihab Tarazi talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the dramatic changes in the data center, cloud and interconnect markets and discusses the impact of SDN and NFV in the coming years.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
The Netformx Ecosystem

8|14|15   |   09:39   |   (1) comment


Ittai Bareket, CEO of Netformx, talks with Steve Saunders about the Netformx Ecosystem, which employs cutting-edge prescriptive analytics to help solution providers maximize profits.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Versa Networks on Leveraging VNFs

8|12|15   |   07:37   |   (0) comments


Kumar Mehta, founder and CEO of stealth mode startup Versa Networks, talks with Steve Saunders about how providers can best leverage virtualized network functions (VNFs).
LRTV Custom TV
Transforming the Network Through OPNFV

8|5|15   |   7:09   |   (0) comments


Sandra Rivera, VP Data Center Group; GM Network Platforms Group, Intel Corporation, on OPNFV Arno and how the industry is coming together to accelerate the deployment of NFV and transform the network.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei ONS Product Demo

8|3|15   |   6:01   |   (0) comments


Huawei shows at Open Networking Summit 2015 in Santa Clara how its SDN and NFV solutions embrace openness.
LRTV Custom TV
End-User or Enterprise Benefits to the New IP

7|30|15   |   04:27   |   (1) comment


Andrew Coward discusses what the New IP means to end users or enterprise customers. He explains compelling reasons, including how every customer can get their own network, from the transformation to the New IP.
Upcoming Live Events
September 16-17, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
September 16, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
September 16, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
October 14-15, 2015, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA
November 5, 2015, Hilton Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA
November 17, 2015, Santa Clara, California
December 1, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
December 2, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
Cisco's cloud and virtualization portfolio can increase business agility and innovation by building a more flexible network architecture.
Hot Topics
T-Mobile CEO Plays Data Traffic Cop
Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 8/31/2015
CEO Chat With Bill Gates
Steve Saunders, CEO and founder, Light Reading, 8/31/2015
Verizon Hums a Driving Tune
Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 8/26/2015
Time to Monetize Cable WiFi
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 8/31/2015
New Apple TV: More $$, Not Content – Report
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 8/31/2015
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
September 16, 2015
Wi-Fi First or Second?
September 22, 2015
Media Begins With “Me”
Webinar Archive
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
The scene: Last Saturday, lunchtime, the interior of a shi-shi-foo-foo eatery in Manhattan's SoHo district.
Jeff Miller, President and CEO of ActiveVideo, talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the impact of virtualization on the TV and video distribution market.
Cats with Phones
Tastes Like Fish Click Here
Please hold while I lick the phone.