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AT&T Close to 400 Live 4G LTE MarketsAT&T Close to 400 Live 4G LTE Markets

Ma Bell has upped its total of 4G markets covered to 397 as it aims for 420 towns and cities and 270 million potential users by year's end.

Dan Jones

September 4, 2013

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AT&T Close to 400 Live 4G LTE Markets

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:

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.

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— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Dan Jones

Mobile Editor

Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.

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His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.

He lives in Brooklyn with cats.

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