A 4G LTE Summer Snapshot

The big two wireless operators have raced ahead of their smaller rivals with LTE deployments as the U.S. swelters in the summer's 4G heat.

AT&T Inc. said Tuesday that it has extended its LTE footprint by another 35 markets. This means the operator now has 326 live LTE towns and cities and expects to cover 90 percent of its target reach of 300 million people by the end of 2013.

Verizon Wireless meanwhile has matched its 3G footprint with 500 live LTE markets.

Here's how the LTE operators stack up right now:

As you can see Sprint and T-Mobile are trailing their larger rivals in the LTE stakes.

We have seen plenty of T-Mobile LTE signals around NYC recently. The operator, however, hasn't made any official launch of the 4G technology in the big Apple or many other large cities yet.

T-Mobile had said that it planned to cover 100 million people with LTE by the middle of the year.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

DanJonesLRMobile 7/8/2013 | 3:12:15 PM
re: A 4G LTE Summer Snapshot Hard to say exactly, particularly since they often share towers.
rbkoontz 7/3/2013 | 6:45:03 PM
re: A 4G LTE Summer Snapshot As a more accurate measure of network investment, I'd be much more interested in LTE network capacity vs markets launched. Any estimates of how many towers these carriers have lit?
DanJonesLRMobile 7/3/2013 | 1:05:58 PM
re: A 4G LTE Summer Snapshot Next big task for Verizon is prepping the network for VoLTE, it's been suggested to me that supporting VoLTE is actually pretty challenging at the basestation level.
milan03 7/3/2013 | 3:05:09 AM
re: A 4G LTE Summer Snapshot Oh we are anxiously waiting for T-Mobile's press event in NYC on July 10th!

I'm guessing:

- Deeper integration with MetroPCS user base, bringing MetroPCS brand nationwide
- Starting to only sell GSM based phones at MetroPCS nationwide, selling CDMA units only while supply lasts
- Large amount of LTE markets launched covering over 100 million pops
- A few new LTE markets with MOCN AWS spectrum shared between T-Mo and MPCS allowing wider LTE channels similar to Vegas
- Higher Order MIMO (4x2) MIMO talk
- Some LTE-Advanced announcement
- GSM GS4 on MetroPCS for much less
chuckj 7/2/2013 | 10:52:20 PM
re: A 4G LTE Summer Snapshot I was at camp near American River outside Sacramento and I was getting 39M/39M internet speeds with Verizon, immersed in nature. Felt like I was in Space Odyssey 2001.
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