AT&T is Expanding 4G LTE to 9 New Markets, With 40 More Coming Later This Year

AT&T is Expanding 4G LTE to 9 New Markets, With 40 More Coming Later This Year

AT&T announced Thursday that it has expanded its high-speed 4G LTE coverage into 9 new areas of the United States, and will expand it into 40 more markets before the end of 2012.


AT&T’s massive expansion of its 4G LTE network comes as Apple is expected to introduce its next-generation iPhone at a media event next Wednesday. Currently, the third-generation iPad is Apple’s only 4G LTE device, but it’s anticipated that the company’s next iPhone will also be compatible with the latest high-speed cellular networks.

AT&T is the nation’s second-largest carrier, and says that its 4G LTE network is capable of delivering mobile Internet speeds of up to 10 times faster than 3G.

The current rollout is of a “true” 4G LTE network, not to be confused with AT&T’s HSPDA network which it began advertising to iPhone 4S users as “4G” starting with iOS 5.1. The iPhone 4S is capable of near 4G speeds thanks to AT&T’s  HSPDA network, it is not however a true fourth-generation network.

Apple addresses this distinction by displaying a connection symbol of “LTE” in the upper left corner of the iPad when connected to a 4G LTE network. iPhone 4S owners who are connected to AT&T’s HSDPA network receive a “4G” indicator on their device.

As of Thursday, AT&T’s 4G LTE network is now available in:

  • Anchorage, Alaska
  • Bakersfield, Calif.
  • Bridgeport, Conn.
  • Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Modesto, Calif.
  • North Montgomery County, Md.
  • Northern New Jersey
  • Omaha, Neb.
  • Syracuse, N.Y.

The company says that its 4G LTE network will launch in the following markets before the end of the year:

  • Albany, N.Y.
  • Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Allentown, Penn.
  • Charleston, S.C.
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Columbia, S.C.
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Detroit, Mich.
  • El Paso, Tex.
  • Fayetteville, N.C.
  • Ft. Myers, Fla.
  • Gary, Ind.
  • Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • Green Bay, Wis.
  • Harrisburg, Pa.
  • Hartford, Conn.
  • Hawaii
  • Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Lancaster, Pa.
  • Little Rock, Ark.
  • Louisville, Ken.
  • Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Memphis, Tenn.
  • Nashua, N.H.
  • New Haven, Conn.
  • Philadelphia, Penn.
  • Pittsburgh, Penn.
  • Portland, Ore.
  • Providence, R.I
  • Reading, Pa.
  • Rochester, N.Y.
  • Sacramento, Calif.
  • Salinas-Seaside-Monterey, Calif.
  • Seattle, Wash.
  • Springfield, Mass.
  • Toledo, Ohio
  • Tucson, Ariz.
  • Tulsa, Okla.
  • Wilkes-Barre, Penn.
  • Wilmington, Del.