AT&T is keeping up the steady drumbeat of LTE market launches every week, with 10 more LTE towns going live this Wednesday.
The new LTE markets are:
- Dothan, Ala.
- Vail, Colo.
- Kalispell, Mont.
- Utica-Rome, N.Y.
- Prineville, Ore.
- Clarksville-Hopkinsville, Tenn. and Ken.
- Eagle Pass, Texas
- Kerrville, Texas
- Mount Pleasant, Texas
- Uvalde, Texas
Here's how AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) fares against 4G competitors.
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)||471||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)||254 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|
Why this matters AT&T now says that it covers more than 250 million potential customers with LTE, getting closer to the 300 million covered by Verizon Wireless 's LTE network. AT&T intends to have 270 million covered by the end of 2013.
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— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading