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Thursday, 26 May 2011
AT&T to start rolling out LTE this summer, 20 LTE devices incoming
AT&T is preparing to make the jump to LTE – a.k.a. actual 4G. It will start with five cities this summer and then expand to another ten by the end of the year. LTE-enabled devices are incoming too, twenty of them.
Last month AT&T published a post titled “A Healthy Dose of Reality for 4G” that clears up the misconceptions around “4G”. That earns them some respect, since quite a few carriers label HSPA+ as “4G” for marketing purposes.
But then, AT&T goes and releases phones like the Motorola Atrix 4G, the Samsung Infuse 4G and theHTC Inspire 4G, neither of which, you know, has 4G. Ah, well. We’ll just let Dilbert do the talking here.
It’s 4G for real this time – proper LTE networks will be up and running in Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta and San Antonio sometime this summer. In the second half of this summer, AT&T will flip the LTE switch in 10 more cities. Their plans are to cover 70+ million Americans by the end of the year.
They'll be releasing 20 LTE-enabled devices too, though they didn't say how many of those will be phones (you can bet on at least a few LTE dongles) or what models they may be.