AT&T is adding eleven LTE markets across the US and completing coverage in New York City in the next few months. With a phased rollout in place that’s set to begin next month and terminate at some in early summer, subscribers in Cleveland, Akron and Canton, Ohio; Naples, Florida; Bloomington, Lafayette and Muncie, Indiana; Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana; St. Louis, Missouri; Bryan-College Station, Texas and Staten Island will get 700MHz LTE.
The expansion adds to 15 AT&T 4G LTE markets launched in 2011: Athens, Ga.; Atlanta; Baltimore; Boston; Charlotte; Chicago; Dallas-Fort Worth; Houston; Indianapolis; Kansas City; Las Vegas; Oklahoma City; San Antonio; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Washington, D.C. AT&T says their LTE coverage will be largely complete by the end of 2013.
The Verizon-SpectrumCo deal would combine the spectrum with its other AWS holdings for 20 MHz channels, which coupled with LTE-Advanced technology could give it significant throughput gains. First, however, Verizon Wireless has to get their planned spectrum purchase approved by the FCC, then build their AWS infrastructure. That could take years. Currently, Verizon only offers LTE on the 700 MHz band.