AT&T is continuing to rollout it’s LTE network as it tries to catch up to Verizon’s 4G network. Today AT&T rolled out LTE in 11 more markets, bringing the total to 26 markets.
Today’s roll out is mostly on the West coast with just a few on the East coast of the US. The markets that now have LTE from AT&T are: the New York City metro area, Austin, Chapel Hill, Los Angeles, Oakland, Orlando, Phoenix, Raleigh, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose. So, in one day AT&T lit up a good potion of the San Francisco Bay Area with LTE, while also expanding the network in New York City.
Unfortunately AT&T doesn’t show exactly how far LTE extends past New York City in it’s coverage map. That’s because it still calls HSPA+ 4G, so it’s impossible to tell from the coverage map if you have LTE or HSPA+. AT&T says this is a feature, that it means users will benefit from having two versions of “4G,” so you can fall back to HSPA+ outside the LTE network. Doesn’t seem all that great from a user’s point of view, though. It’d be nice to know where we can expect to turn off our LTE radios to save battery without having to constantly check.
On the bright side, we can probably expect a few new AT&T LTE devices to go along with this rollout at CES next week. At least it’s likely that we’ll see the Nokia Ace, which looks pretty exciting from what we’ve heard so far.