AT&T has now gone live with faster 4G technology in 400 towns and cities in the US.
The new towns with AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)'s 4G LTE are:
- Alexander City, Ala.
- Concord, N.H.
- Jamestown, N.Y.
A spokesman for AT&T says that the operator's 4G LTE footprint now covers 240 million potential customers. Here's how AT&T stacks up against its 4G rivals in the US:
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”)||400||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”)||154 markets||Average of 25 Mbit/s downloads (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 average download|
|Sources: Carrier data, Light Reading, OpenSignal, RootMetrics|
Why this matters
AT&T is pushing to catch its rival, Verizon Wireless , which has covered its 3G footprint with 500 live LTE markets. AT&T is aiming to have 420 markets, covering 270 million potential subscribers, up by the end of the year.
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— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading