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Mapping LTE: AT&T & Verizon's 4G Footprints

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Verizon Wireless are adding to their 4G markets, but Big Red is maintaining a solid Long Term Evolution (LTE) lead over all others in the U.S. right now.

Ma Bell said Thursday that it has launched LTE markets in the Tampa-St. Petersburg metro area in Florida and in Durham, N.C. The carrier says it has now got LTE live in 28 markets.

By contrast, Verizon says it now has 196 markets running. The company added Cookeville, Tenn. to its list on Thursday and expanded service in Little Rock, Ark.; Rapid City, S.D.; Clarksville, Tenn. and San Antonio, Texas.

Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S), meanwhile, has said that it will have six major LTE cities up by the middle of this year.

To get a sense of where all this LTE is going, here's LR Mobile's map of 2012 LTE market additions and expansions, with the new towns and cities added. Verizon is in red, AT&T in blue and Sprint in yellow.


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— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:42:16 PM
re: Mapping LTE: AT&T & Verizon's 4G Footprints

Maybe doesn't matter too much until the fabled iPad 3 LTE arrives?


Still Verizon has density on LTE for what, a year, two years, to come? If Apple does come out with LTE products this year why would choose another carrier?

billsblots 12/5/2012 | 5:42:16 PM
re: Mapping LTE: AT&T & Verizon's 4G Footprints

VZW have done a remarkable job, as their actual field deployment and expansion of 4G has occurred at a much accelerated rate compared to their first schedule of just one year ago when it was launched in selected cities.  Here in central Virginia 4G is wide spread on my Bionic, even in the lowlying "Bottom" area of Richmond in lunch restaurants where my ATT iPad 3G has no signal or so poor as to be unuseable.  Looking forward to the iPad 4G, I saw no real reason to buy the iPad2 without it.  Not sure if I'll change from this Bionic to any iPhone 4G, depends how long until that happens probably.

kaps 12/5/2012 | 5:42:11 PM
re: Mapping LTE: AT&T & Verizon's 4G Footprints

At least two years' lead for VZW on density, it will take AT&T at least until the end of 2013 to catch up. But they are also getting pretty aggressive in adding markets and should have enough to keep the balance of their iPhone customers from jumping ship. Would be interesting to get a picture of where the balance of AT&T iPhone customers are in terms of contract length... and what they might do to keep them in house.


Expect to see a lot of that "our fallback network is faster than theirs" adverts from AT&T if/when the Apple LTE gear arrives. Because really, that is when the race to 4G starts.

kaps 12/5/2012 | 5:42:11 PM
re: Mapping LTE: AT&T & Verizon's 4G Footprints

At least two years' lead for VZW on density, it will take AT&T at least until the end of 2013 to catch up. But they are also getting pretty aggressive in adding markets and should have enough to keep the balance of their iPhone customers from jumping ship. Would be interesting to get a picture of where the balance of AT&T iPhone customers are in terms of contract length... and what they might do to keep them in house.


Expect to see a lot of that "our fallback network is faster than theirs" adverts from AT&T if/when the Apple LTE gear arrives. Because really, that is when the race to 4G starts.

Sandpaints 12/5/2012 | 5:42:10 PM
re: Mapping LTE: AT&T & Verizon's 4G Footprints

LTE 4G Footprints will be meaningless come this July. That's right. Barbie is coming out with her own prepaid real mobile phone and it's going to be a sure smack down to the so called big boys when she gets in town.


Want the best? Search up on Mattel and discover the Barbie Phone.


Now that's NEWS you can use. Time to have a little FUN.

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:42:06 PM
re: Mapping LTE: AT&T & Verizon's 4G Footprints

Well, okay then :-)

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:41:53 PM
re: Mapping LTE: AT&T & Verizon's 4G Footprints

VZN says its LTE service is back BTW. Look for a story soon.

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