AT&T has launched additional LTE coverage in Anchorage, Bakersfield, Modesto, Bridgeport, Jacksonville, Omaha and Syracuse. AT&T says they expect to reach 40 additional markets by year-end.
AT&T expects its LTE deployment to be largely complete by year-end 2013.
AT&T currently has some 60 markets covering 73 million potential users, while and Verizon covers 371 markets with 230 million potential LTE users – more than 75 percent of the U.S. population.
AT&T say 275 million people are covered by their 4G network (HSPA and LTE), although T-Mobile, which does not yet offer LTE, claims their HSPA+ network is faster since it allows aggregation of carriers for more bandwidth capacity. AT&T points out their LTE falls back to faster HSPA service, unlike competitive networks (read Verizon and Sprint) which fall back to slower 3G (EV-DO) speeds.
A PC World nationwide test this April found AT&T’s new LTE network turned in the fastest download speeds of any 4G service. Its 3G service was very competitive, too–and those two results help make a strong case for AT&T dual-mode 3G/4G phones. The 3G speed winner was T-Mobile, with Sprint coming in last.