AT&T has turned on its 4G service in 14 new markets this week as it looks to keep up the pressure on its main LTE rivals.
The new markets are:
- Fairbanks Metropolitan Area, Ark.
- Galesburg, Ill.
- Macomb, Ill.
- Peoria, Ill.
- Des Moines, Iowa
- Madisonville, Ken.
- Maysville, Ken.
- Cumberland, Md.
- St. Cloud, Minn.
- St. Joseph, Mo.
- Roanoke Rapids, N.C.
- Gettysburg, Pa.
- Big Spring, Texas
- Winchester, Va.
AT&T now says it has 461 live 4G LTE markets. Here's how that stacks up against the competition.
Table 1: 4G LTE Markets in the US
|Operator||4G technology||Number of markets||Average download speeds|
|AT&T||LTE (Also markets HSPA+ as 4G)||461||18.6 Mbit/s|
|Cricket (Leap Wireless)||LTE||11||3-15 times faster than Leap's 3G|
|C-Spire||LTE||40 markets up, 3 more coming soon||Data speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G|
|MetroPCS||LTE||30 markets||2-15 Mbit/s (depending on market)|
|Sprint||LTE & WiMax||230 LTE, 71 WiMax||10.3 Mbit/s|
|T-Mobile||LTE (Also markets HSPA+ as “4G”)||223 markets||25 Mbit/s (on unloaded network)|
|U.S. Cellular||LTE||92 markets||Up to 10 times faster than 3G|
|Verizon Wireless||LTE||500+ markets||14.3 Mbit/s|
|Sources: Carrier data, Light Reading, OpenSignal, RootMetrics|
AT&T says it will cover 300 million Americans with LTE by the end of next year. The operator expects to be nearly completely done with the deployment by mid-2014. It says it will cover nearly 270 million with LTE by the end of this year.
— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading