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Mapping 4G: AT&T's LTE Footprint Gets Bigger

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)'s fastest 4G service is expanding once again, as the operator revealed Thursday that it is now offering Long Term Evolution (LTE) in 60 markets across the U.S. and hopes to expand to over 100 by the end of the year.

AT&T has ramped up its network in Syracuse, N.Y.; Bakersfield, Calif.; Modesto, Calif.; Omaha, Neb.; Anchorage, Alaska; Jacksonville, Fla., and Bridgeport, Conn. The 4G coverage has also been expanded in New York, New Jersey and the Washington, D.C.-Baltimore region.

4G LTE offers users faster uploads and downloads than third-generation networks, so that you can get that funny cat video up before your friends. AT&T markets its LTE network as "10x faster than 3G." (See What We Mean When We Say '4G'.)

This is how AT&T's 4G LTE footprint looks now:


View AT&T 4G LTE Markets in a larger map

Why this matters
AT&T is consolidating its LTE deployments in areas like Florida and Texas, while moving into new states such as Alaska and Nebraska. "As of today, AT&T 4G LTE is in more than half of the NFL markets (23 of 31) and nine of the top 10 TV markets," an AT&T spokesman tells us via an email.

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gtchavan 12/5/2012 | 5:21:44 PM
re: Mapping 4G: AT&T's LTE Footprint Gets Bigger

Is there a true upgrade of base stations' hardware or just a software upgrade?

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:21:40 PM
re: Mapping 4G: AT&T's LTE Footprint Gets Bigger

It's more an a software upgrade. They need new radios in there to support LTE on 700MHz for instance. AT&T said it spent $180M in the NY area in the first half of 2012. It is definitely taking the opportunity to add more 3G capacity too as well.

gtchavan 12/5/2012 | 5:21:38 PM
re: Mapping 4G: AT&T's LTE Footprint Gets Bigger

When you speed test one LTE device (lets say there is only one device on that particular base station running LTE) and say you get 20 meg downlink speed, is that the whole LTE bandwidth of the base station or each device is throttled down to 20meg?

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:21:37 PM
re: Mapping 4G: AT&T's LTE Footprint Gets Bigger

I imagine they would try and do some provisioning of bandwidth from the tower though. Be dumb not to for when traffic gets busy.

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:21:37 PM
re: Mapping 4G: AT&T's LTE Footprint Gets Bigger

I haven't been able to check it out yet but testers that we've spoken to have even talked about higher average downloads than Verizon. My bet is that things will tend to level out as AT&T's network starts to get loaded up with more customers.

joanengebretson 12/5/2012 | 5:21:36 PM
re: Mapping 4G: AT&T's LTE Footprint Gets Bigger

It's been reported that the data plan for the new 4G Kindle Fire uses the AT&T network -- although people will pay Amazon directly. Seems like AT&T expanded its LTE availability just in time.

gtchavan 12/5/2012 | 5:21:34 PM
re: Mapping 4G: AT&T's LTE Footprint Gets Bigger

I have no idea whether these two are related, but what does omission of Audience tech from iPhone 5 mean for voice/LTE support on iphone 5?

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:21:29 PM
re: Mapping 4G: AT&T's LTE Footprint Gets Bigger

Depends, seems like Apple must have found an alternative. Seems like there's no way they'd leave a Siri-like capability out of the next iPhone.

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