AT&T is now up to 441 live markets with LTE, adding four more areas with 4G.
The new markets are:
- The Big Island, Hawaii
- Kankakee-Bradley, Ill.
- Laconia, N.H.
- Gaffney, S.C.
Here's where AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) now stands with LTE as compared with other US rivals:
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)||437||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|
|MetroPCS||LTE||30 markets||2-15 Mbit/s (depending on market)|
|Sprint||LTE & WiMax||185 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|
The network watchers at OpenSignal recently rated the fastest 4G LTE networks in the largest cities in the US:
Table 2: How the LTE Networks Perform
|City||Avg. Download Speed||Best Network|
|New York||6.7 Mbit/s||T-Mobile|
|Los Angeles||7.5 Mbit/s||AT&T|
|San Diego||9.6 Mbit/s||T-Mobile|
|San Jose||10.8 Mbit/s||T-Mobile|
|San Antonio||6.6 Mbit/s||Verizon|
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— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading