Mapping 4G: AT&T Adds Markets Ahead of iPhone 5

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is adding more four more 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) towns and cities ahead of the Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPhone 5 launch next Friday.

Ma Bell said Friday that it has launched 4G LTE in Philadelphia and in Wilmington, Del. This follows the launch of Albany and Rochester networks in New York on Wednesday.

LTE is a fourth-generation (4G) wireless technology that allows users to upload and download audio, video and more at speeds of several Mbit/s or more over-the-air. In fact, AT&T markets its LTE as being 10 times faster than 3G. (See What We Mean When We Say '4G'.)

Here's how AT&T's LTE map looks now:

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

Why this matters
The launches -- Philadelphia in particular -- help AT&T fill in some coverage holes in the busy northeastern area of the United States. (See iPhone 5: Which 4G Carrier to Pick?.)

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— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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