With Verizon expanding up it’s LTE network rather quickly AT&T is just about to start rolling out it’s own. AT&T will start lighting up LTE starting in five markets this summer. Those five markets are: Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta and San Antonio.
Those five markets will be joined by at least 10 more markets by the end of this year. By then AT&T should have a total of 70 million people covered by an LTE network. That’s not bad, but it’ll be much smaller than Verizon’s LTE by the end of the year. Verizon will also likely have the advantage of more devices. AT&T has only said that “some” of it’s planned 20 4G smartphones will use LTE in addition to HSPA+. Given the relatively small network, “some” would likely be only a handful, unless AT&T wants to keep the phones around for a while.
Hopefully AT&T can be a bit more competitive with this LTE network. The network isn’t too popular among users, particularly those in big cities. Maybe LTE can help improve that, giving users more reliable data at the very least. We’ll just have to wait and see, and also hope that AT&t brings LTE to the Northeast and West coast in the next rollout.